This is an exerpt from another shipmate, Joseph John Miceli, on the USS Harry Lee. He was on board the ship for longer than Bill and you can read the rest of his story here: http://www.ussharrylee.com/images/WWII%20Memoirs%20of%20Joseph%20John%20MiceliI.pdf
"We returned to San Francisco on August 8th, 1945 for overhaul. During this period, the U. S. dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
I was in San Francisco on V-J Day amidst its huge celebration. And that was the first and only time I ever got drunk. We bought a bottle of Three Feathers Whiskey and I ended up in a hotel passed out while my more experienced buddies continued to celebrate.
The next day we sailed for Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands.
We left San Francisco on August 24th, 1945 and went to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands on Sept. 1st, and then we were shuffling back and forth between New Guinea and Leyte in the Philippine Islands.
On October 4th, 1945, weloaded up in Luzon with a unit of the First Calvary Division of the U.S. Arm, 1500 soldiers. We sailed to Yokonowa, Japan. We arrived the on October 12th, 1945, the first ship to arrive in Tokyo Bay for the occupation of Japan. Thir First Calvary Division erected a big billboard which said, 'First Calvary Division, First in Manila, and First in Tokyo aboard the USS Harry Lee.' I have a picture of this.
While we were there, we were given liberty at 12:00 noon and told to be back at 6:00. I was back on the ship by 3:00. The city was a mass of bombed out ruins and burned tin shacks. There were no people around that I saw. We were offered a Japanese rifle that had the bolt action removed as a souvenir. A few days later on October 17th, we sailed for home, landing in San Francisco on November 4, 1945 as part of the 'Golden Carpet Fleet' - being home soldiers who had accumulated enough points for discharge."