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MessageI was in Naples Italy when the war ended.In December of 1945 I boarded the Randolph to return to the states for discharge from the Army. I got to spend Christmas( for the first time since Dec.1942) with my wife and family. I was in North Africa and then Italy spending almost 3 years overseas. It was wonderful to be heading bck to the good old U.S.A. and also to be there by Christmas. If my memory serves me correctly(I am now 83 years old) it just took us 5 days for the voyage home. I remember being told during the voyage home about the damage that had happened to the Randolph while in the Pacific. Hard to believe now that the damage could have been repaired in 19 days(as I read on one web site) and put back in service. One thing I remember about the trip home is that there were so many service men on the ship that they could only feed us 2 meals a day and there was nearly always a chow line waiting. Hard to believe that the hanger deck etc could have held so many men. I seem to recall that there were some 6500 or so men returning home on the ship. I read where the Randolph made two trips to the Mediterranean to bring troops home. Don't know if I was on the first trip or second.
Thank Randolph for a nice trip home.
R.E.(Bob) Blenden

NameH.Jack Wester
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MessageServed aboard Randolph 1956 - 1958 Was a ME3 in R-div I am looking for shipmates that served during that time. It was some good times and pleasent memories, two med cruises and shakedown in Gitmo.
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NameDavid Lewy
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MessageServed aboard Randolph from 9/64 - 2/67 in OI Division. She was my first sea assignment in the Navy. I reported as RDSN and departed as RD2 what great memories I have of those years and what a great crew we were. Indeed Rand-Do Could Do. Would love to hear from anyone who may know or remember me from Randolph.

NameMel Green
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MessageServed aboard Randolph 1956,1957 in "X" Division.
Anyone else?

NameLewis A. Watt
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MessageMy father (William Watt) served aboard the USS Randolph in the late 40's. He was a munitions loader and was injured while attempting to aid a shipmate who had fallen down the bomb elevator. Unfortunately, the injury to my father resulted in the amputation of both legs at the knees. He always spoke fondly of his experience on the USS Randolph and was proud to have served in the United States Navy.

Namechaarles mcconnell
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MessageI was on the Randolph in 63 I was a damage controlman

NameJack W Coleman
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MessageMy father Jack W. Coleman served on the Randolph 62-? he is alive and well in Denver Co. He told me of a time that he and other shipmates threw a toad into a vat of liquid nitrogen and tossed onto the deck and it shattered. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I would like to hear from you if you knew my father.

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NameLars Ekström
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MessageAfter attending the exercise in the Northern European waters during the summer of 1947, the USS Randolph and USS Kearsarge, supported by two destroyers, USS Beatty and USS Hugh Purvis visited my hometown, Göteborg (Gothenburg), on the west coast of Sweden. They arrived on June 30, 1947. They were not able to reach the dockside due to their huge size and had to anchor slightly outside the port. Unfortunately, there was an aircraft accident during this visit. An aircraft crashed or ditched during an attempt to land, with fatal results. The aircraft was an F8F Bearcat that belonged to VF-3A. According to the Naval records;
stalled 95140 Grumman F8F-1N Bearcat (VF-3A) on landing on Randolph CV-15 6/30/1947 and hit inverted. Pilot killed. Is possible to obtain any more information from anyone regarding this incident? The pilot’s name, aircraft code, and a brief description of the event would be helpful.
Why was the VF-3a squadron or part of the squadron onboard the USS Randolph and not the USS Kearsarge who they were originally assigned.

NameKevin McCray
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MessageI had the good fortune to tour the ship when it was in port in Quebec City in June 1964. I was 9 years old and it has remained a favorite memory all of this time. The two sailors who agreed to take us aboard (my family of me, my brother and my parents), were terrific and it was a great, great experience.

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