Leonard Ruoff: My World War II Service as a Navy Seabee

Despite the end of the war, the battle fleet went into Tokyo Bay while we sailed around outside Yokohama Bay and eventually went into the port the following day. We were told that if we wanted to “live dangerously” we could go on liberty for a few hours in Yokohama, which we did.

Everything looked deserted. We could see faces in windows and people on the road at a distance but they never made eye contact with us.

— Leonard Ruoff
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