When Navy dependents were allowed to follow their Sailor Dad’s over to Hawaii, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, we left San Francisco on the AH-13 the USS Benevolence. Here is a look at her as she was then.
When our deployment was over we returned back stateside on the AH-7 the USS Hope. Here is a look at her.
On the return trip, we traveled from San Francisco to Mena Arkansas by train. The train depot hasn’t changed much over the years, but it was the hub of activity and a very busy place back then !
Our trunks caught up with us after a few days, and nothing would do for Grandma and Mom, except to put me in a souvenir grass skirt that was in one of those steamer trunks. Here is the photo that has embarrassed me for so many years.
I turned 70 last year, and the photo is now more funny to me than it is embarrassing, he, he.