C. Manion registered for the draft on 29 March 1942 and was inducted
On 10 March 1945, Pfc Manion was
transferred from the 505th PIR to Hq 2nde, 508th PIR.
He re-enlisted in the Army on 23
November 1945 and took advantage of a bonus offer allowing him to return
to the U.S. on an extended 60-day furlough.
had an ulterior motive for retuning home --- flashback to 26 November
1943 (see bottom line) --- John had applied for a wedding license in the
state of Washington to marry a woman named Ida Brown.
The nuptials were apparently disrupted by his draft notice and his entry
into the armed forces.
On 11 December 1945, Pfc Manion was
aboard the USAT Dominican Victory when it arrived in New York, NY from
Le Havre, France.
Note that the travel order states that
he is assigned to Reception Station 20, Fort McArthur which was in San
Pedro (Los Angeles county) California. The address of his parents' home
is shown as his final destination.
22 December 1945, John finally was able to put a wedding ring on the
hand of Ida Brown. The ceremony took place in Seattle (King
county) WA, as had been planned two years earlier.
Witnessing their marriage were
Kermit and Virginia Sledd, themselves married just six months earlier.
But, Sledd was from Oregon with no
apparent history of being in Manion's home turf of Los Angeles, CA.
Plus, Sledd was in the Navy
He was aboard the aircraft carrier USS
Enterprise (CVN 6) in the Pacific during the air raid on Peatl Harbor and
throughout the biggest battles of the
Pacific campaign. On 14 May 1945, the ship was struck by a
kamikaze Zero, killing 15 and wounding 34. Shedd was still carried on its muster roll when the
ship entered Puget Sound for repairs. It is unclear when he was
mustered out of the Navy.
So, how did he and Virginia know the
Manions? It had to be that the two women became friends while
their men were overseas.
One last observation - Note that
John's travel order states that he is to be returned to the 508th PIR
through the 3rd Reinforcement Depot which was located in Liege, Belgium.
Traveling from the port of entry at Le Havre, France to Liege and then
on to Frankfurt, Germany was a distance of approximately 580 miles and
may have been accomplished using either government-provided
transportation or civilian rail. His actual date of return is not