I believe my grandfather, Walter Pryse out of Philadelphia, was part of this unit. He was hospitalized for jungle rot in November and December 1944 and did not board the SS Kyle V Johnson with the rest of his unit. He would not speak of it himself so we've only put together details and his journey from phone calls with Sergeant Neil Mulhern Jr. and his own letter sent home. He was also stationed in Tokoyo, Japan after the war has ended until listed aboard the ship Eastland in Jan 1946 due in Seattle, Washington. I would love to hear any additional stories you may have.
My late father was a member of this unit. He said very little about his time in the war except he bragged that his unit built the bridges the marines crossed. His unit was transferred to Japan after the war was declared over. He also mentioned that during the Luzon landing he returned to the landing site to re-supply the front line and watch McArther repeat his arrival at the beachhead till he got it right with the press! He also claimed while in Japan rebuilding their infrastructure that his unit was tasked to disassemble the partial structure for atomic weapon’s construction! He return to America on a hospital ship soon afterwards. When I was called to serve during the Vietnam war it tore him up from what he experienced during his service and was very proud that I returned in one piece too!