When the war ended, it was announced that "high point" personnel would be rotated home. The "fare" was 36 or more points.
These were attained based on length of service, one-month-equaled-one point, plus five points per campaign.
The men who had gone into North Africa were a shue in, for they stood to gain five points each for Tunisia, Algeria- Morocco, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley , assuming that was their route in combat.
These campaigns alone would have added up to forty points, so they were on the first boat out, and rightly so.
In my case, I had 19 months stateside (19 points), five months in Italy (five more) and two campaigns (five more), so I came up a few short for early rotation.
As it turned out, I finally came home 11 March 46, almost a year after the war ended.