We were given leave, and I went to New York with another fellow, and we did over all the nightclubs, all the ones that were famous at the time. There was one called the Top Hat, and the Stork Club, and at the Riobamba, the Andrews Sisters were performing.
We went to the Riobamba and had an unforgettable experience there. Having watched the three sisters performing, singing their songs that were favorites at the time, like "The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and "Rum and Coca-Cola" and those songs. They belted them out in fine style. But anyway, while we were sitting at our table, Patty Andrews came over, and she said, "Oh, you Aussie boys, come over and meet my sisters." So we went over and met Maxene and LaVerne, and, you know, we had drinks with them and a great conversation. They were really great, lovely people who really looked after us and needn't have wasted their time with us, but I appreciated the fact that they did and displayed interest in what we were up to. So hat was one I'll never forget.
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