Coming Home -
"We came back on the USS Randolph*,
a converted aircraft carrier which saw action at Iwo Jima. We left from Naples,
Italy, and made it to New York City, the trip taking 7 days. It was a bumpier
ride than coming over. It would go up and down, and sideways. I was released
from Camp Shelby on December 8, 1945 as a Corporal. The discharge officer was
Captain W.F. Hallfrisch FD. I would later get official letters from Brigadier
General Richard C. Sanders and General Arnold, commander of USA AAF, Louisville,Ky.,
about my being in the war."
the end of the war, the U.S.S. Randolph headed home. Transiting the Panama Canal
in late September, she arrived at Norfolk, 15 October, where she was rigged for
the "Magic Carpet" service. Before the end of the year, she completed two trips
to the Mediterranean area to return American servicemen.Then, in 1946, she
became a training ship for reservists and midshipmen,and made a Mediterranean
cruise in the latter half of the year. "After
the war, Ches and I tried to make a go of farming and raising chickens. Bought
grib full of corn from Web Hudson (Meb's father) to feed the chickens.
Because of strikes, seed wasn't available. We tried to grow cotton on 15 acres.
Had alot of rain, and the cotton squares fell off before the boll developed.
Also grew corn on about 5 acres. I got out of farming after about eight months,
barely broke even." --