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Leaving one's family was hard enough, but leaving one's native land was painful too.  Major Francis Parry, an artillery officer, recalls:

"Early on the evening of September 1, 1950, we slipped out of San Diego's magnificent harbor and headed into the setting sun. It was an unforgettable experience. As the Marine band played `Goodnight, Irene'-a favorite of the moment-hundreds of troops crowding the deck of the USS Bayfield (APA-33) broke into song. The families and friends swarming on the dock below began to join in. As the ship eased its way past Point Loma into the darkening Pacific, the harbor reverberated with that haunting refrain."