It’s hard to tell in this picture if the ferry has just picked up servicemen from the Pittsburg waterfront or if it has arrived at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation. I’d be very tempted to say my pap and his fellow servicemen were one step closer to setting out for Manila, but after looking at some awesome vintage photographs of Fort Mason and a historic structure report, I’m doubtful because I didn’t see a building with those stars. I just don’t know for sure.
Edit: A helpful commenter on this post guessed “that that photograph was taken along the San Francisco dock area. The “ornate” buildings with stars on them would be more representative of a building found in that area. The Army did not “decorate” their buildings.” Another helpful post confirmed that this is not the Camp Stoneman ferry building as it is not tall enough. “The ferry dock was completely covered over, with three walls. It was open on the river side. The roof was very high.”