After completing all POM requirements, each man was given the opportunity to settle his private affairs at home. The outfit received alert orders in mid-January and on the night of February 10th the outfit boarded a navy vessel that took them to the 49th Street pier in New York where the Queen Mary was docked. The following morning, the outfit boarded the Queen, no longer luxurious as it had been stripped of her luxurious fittings, furniture, and art objects to provide additional space. Instead, steel cots, arrange in tiers, filled the stateroom and compartments.
On February 12th, 1944 the ship left New York, sidling past the Statue of Liberty, and set her course for Europe.
The days were grey and cold, the ship packed with fighting men who didn’t always weather the zigzagging motions of the ship. Given the large number of troops on board, it was impossible to serve more than two meals a day, adding to the discomfort of the passengers. But the men found a tolerable routine that included spending long periods of time on the promenade to read, have a smoke, or play a few hands of cards.
Ghost Corps Thru Hell and High Water