The Sturgis was by no means
the only ship that carried men of the 508th. Lt. George Gurwell,
and others, including 1st Lt Donald Hardwick of Hq Hq, sailed aboard the SS Madawaska Victory. The Madawaska
was a fairly new troop ship having been launched in 1944. Ships in
this class were named in honor of U.S. localities, The Madawaska was
christened honoring Madawaska, Maine, a small town in northern Aroostook
County, on the Canadian border opposite Edmundston, New Brunswick,
a short U.S. service life as by 1946 the ship was laid
up in the Hudson River. In 1947 she was sold to a Peruvian company and then in 1969,
the ship was
scrapped in Taiwan.
The "Seasick Daily" was the masthead name of
the ship's newsletter. Lt. Gurwell saved most of the "Seasick Daily". Those editions have
been transcribed in a format that closely mimics the originals.
Missing are the editions for the departure on 26 September and while at sea on
30 September and the daily statistics have been extrapolated.