Dr. George Hill Hodel Photo by Man Ray–October, 1946, Los Angeles, California Photo on right shows UNRRA insignia
Despite the publication of the Man Ray, George Hodel photographs taken at the Sowden/Hodel residence in October, 1946, some naysayers have questioned whether George Hodel had actually returned from China in time to have the “opportunity” to have seen and slain Elizabeth Short in January, 1947. They claim no documentation supports the fact that he was actually back in Los Angeles from his service in China.
A recently discovered document now offers that proof. Below is the ship’s passenger manifest from the USS General A.E. Anderson AP-111 which shows he was aboard the Navy transport and arrived in the Port of San Diego on September 17, 1946. (San Diego is a two hour drive from Los Angeles.)
GHH Discharge from UNNRA September, 1946
Dr. George Hill Hodel was a passenger on this Navy transport
ship, USS General A.E. Anderson AP-111, which departed from China on September 3, 1946, arriving in the Port of San
Diego on September 17, 1946. Ship’s manifest
shows Dr. Hodel gave his First Street Clinic
address of 369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, as his residence address.
USS General A.E. Anderson Passenger Manifest
(George Hodel M.D. listed on bottom line.)
A. E. Anderson (AP-111) in
General A. E. Anderson then
commenced troop rotation and Magic Carpet duties.
From 8 August 1945 to 15 April 1946 she made eight transatlantic voyages
to France (Marseilles, Le Havre), England (Southampton),
and India (Karachi). Of
these active voyages, six were from New York, and one each from Norfolk
ship stood out of Norfolk 9 July 1946 for San Francisco, arriving 24 July, and
commenced a pattern of troop carrying and supply runs from West Coast ports
to China, Japan, the Philippines, and Guam.
Hill Hodel listings copied from Los Angeles City Directory 1948