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Look what I found today on It made me cry.

I called my mom and shared it with my Dad. He has no memory of this but he really enjoyed learning about it.

1947 Passenger List - SS Ernie Pyle

Click the photo for a larger view. Its pretty eeerie.

I later found a picture of the boat. It is below. Can you imagine spending 12 days at sea as a five year old leaving the only country/home you ever knew, not speaking the language, to land in the Port of New York on May 22, 1947. It makes me rather sad and weepy for my 5 year old dad.

SS Ernie Pyle

3 Thoughts.

  1. Wow! How cool that you found that. Yes indeed, how scary, yet what an adventure that had to be for a five year old.

  2. I love Ancestry.Com. I have been working on my family’s genealogy for the past five years. History is fascinating.

    It is so cool that you finally found something that may help you find out more about your Father’s family in Poland. Very exciting!

  3. I was 9 years old when we left with SS.Ernie Pyle from
    Antwerpen, Belgium and the date was December 15, 1948. We arrived in New York on December 26, 1948 and we did not speak one word of English. The home
    that we left was in the province of Friesland in the
    Netherlands. In January of 1949 I started school in
    a one room schoolhouse in Monroe, New York. Within
    6 weeks, I was able to help myself with the language.

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