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FLOATING SERVICE CLUB

A year ago last week, the first American Red Cross hospital ship to operate in this war, the Mactan, arriv ed in Australia. Now, at the end of last year, the has been convened into the first American Red Cross floating lervice club under the supervision of Mr. Irving Williams, of Patchogue. [x-ng Island, Field Supervisor tor the American Red Cross in the South and South-west Pacific. Mr. Williams was n charge of the ship when she sailed from Manila, to Australia with 224 iseri juily wounded American and Filipino Midlers. At the request of General MacArlhur. Jit 42-year-old Filipino freighter was Akcn over by the American Red Cross ind within 48 hours converted Into a lospltsl ship, painted white and mark id with red crosses. She slipped out -f Manila by night, lit up by the flames -f the burning city, to sail without proper charts— and only one Jump ibead of the Japs— to Macassar, rimor, Darwin, and finally to an east ern Australian port. The arrival of the Mactan marked the arrival of the American Red Cross in Australia. At a rs-unlon party held In Sydney, Wr. Williams paid a tribute to the wel come everyone aboard the Mactan had received from the Australian Red Cross on thslc arrtysJ,

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