| Personal Experiences
USS Randolph CV-15
1959(?) - 1963
Submitted by Sister
I didn't serve on the Randolph, my brother did. But we took a very memorable "Family Cruise" out of Norfolk. What made it so memorable was the fact that Neil, as my brother is known, changed his mind 3 times about having us come go on the cruise and as it turned out, he was on his way home to PA and my mother & dad, myself and a neighbor were on the way down. We were a family without a sailor! The captain invited us to dine at his table and took us under his wing, making for a very special tour! I was only 11 at the time, but it is very vivid in my mind yet. I wish we would hear about the Randolph on the "History Channel" Maybe she wasn't quite as famous as the Enterprise, but she certainly held up her end of the fighting!
Service Dates=June 43- Oct-45
I am a Plank Owner of the USS Randolph During the shakedown the scuttle butt was that we were not going to return to New Port, but,instead were going to San Francisco. The crew started to refer to Captain Baker as Tokio Baker. When we were hit at Ulithi the Jason repair ship pulled along side to make repairs.It was recommened that we return to the States for repairs. Captain Baker said make the necessary repairs.At the movie shortly after Captain Baker said the we were not built to sit in port but we were going to go back and fight. He also said that we had to fill up the Bean locker,little did we know how true it was ,we loaded Beans for several days. Another event occured when we anchored in the Philippines and were resuppling . We had a Ammo.barage along side. Two US P-38s made a" mock straffing" run on us, one of the planes whipped stalled and came back and struck air planes sitting on the flight deck, it knocked several planes off the deck and killed several.Our guns started firing on the second , we refered to the event as the day the US AF declared war on the Navy, The remaining P-38 flew away.The barge moved away with no damage.About 35 years later, while talking to another member of the USPS he was tailing about the day that two P_38s hit a carrier laying at anchor in the Philippines. I said that I was on the carrier that was hit, he then said the he was the Chief Boatswain on the Ammo barge.
Sailor=Smith, Jay Randolph
Service Dates=June 1960 - May 1962
I came aboard via transfer from Sub Base NewLonConn, as FN, striking for MR.
I joined the Navy in 1965 and served as a communications technician at various duty stations. In 1967 I was transferred to the USS Randolph as part of a communications detachment that would monitor Soviet activity in the Mediterranean. I believe this was the Randolph's last Med cruise, from September of 1967 until it sailed back to Norfolk in December of the same year.
Sailor=Francis O. Kopra
My father served as an electronics specialist on the Randolph in the South Pacific. While he never talked about his experiences during the war very much, he did provide enough for me to corroborate with my recent web research. I'm looking to contact anyone who might remember Frank from their service on the Randolph. If you remember him, or might remember him, please email me. Thanks very much.
I would like to contribute a bit of trivia for the memory of the Randolph. When my grandmother, Martha Jefferson Randolph, was a 17-year-old belle, she met a dashing young navy man named Jack Tate, who fell for her charms. Although struck by his appeal, she turned down his attentions and chose my grandfather's proposal instead. Later, the young man became Admiral Jackson Tate, and, in remembrance of youthful love, he had CVS-15 named "Randolph" in her honor.David K
Came aboard as a Hospitalman Apprentice awaiting school. I was placed in "G" Division. Requested that I be allowed to become a Gunner Mate. Gunner Worrell and Ltjg Davis assisted me. I was able to become a Gunner Mate striker in June 1962. Promoted to 3rd Class May 1963, promoted to second class January 1965. Relisted September 1965 and retired February 1982 as LCDR. Promoted to Warrent Gunner (Surface Warfare) August 1969 and LDO (DECK Ltjg)April 1976.
Sailor=Jessie Claude Doolin
I did not serve but my Grandaddy did on the USS Randolph In
This was my first assignment out of recruit training. I did get alot of experience in E Division working with electrical circuits, distribution switchboards and controllers. Although it was an old birdfarm with ASW aircraft, it was a great experience. I was sad to hear that it had been dismantled. I often tell friends that if they visit NYC and board the USS Intrepid (CVS-11),that carrier is basically the identical ship as CVS-15
I met my mother,father,and two brothers at the gangway of the Randolph then cvs15.She (the ship)proudly displayed the largest number of "E"awards then won by any ship in the fleet.Old Smoke
I served on the old girl when we picked up John Glenn with his
Ship Name=USS Randolph.
I had transferred from CVE60, USS Guadalcanal and was assigned Randolph in July 44, as pre commissioning.While aboard Randolph(Plankowner), on March 11, 1945, I got off watch at 2000 hours in Radio Central. I would normally just come down from the Island and walk on the Stbd side, back to Radio3, which was my battlestation, and I also slept there, since it was cooler. As I stepped onto the flight deck, I heard the song Polonaise, coming from the movie on the hangar deck. I decided to go see what the movie was about. I stood at rear of the movie, until 2007 when it ended. As I turned to head back aft on the hangar deck, to get to Radio3, which was just under the hangar deck, when all I saw was a big white flash, which knocked me down, but was unhurt,except for flash burn, but next morning, since eyes were all swollen, the pharmacist mate at sick bay said the flash burn would be better in a day, and it was. When the fires were out, we could not even ID the guys in Rdo3, probably airdales who used to come in there to chat.No radiomen were in there, when Francis hit us. So, luckily I heard a song, I liked, and it saved my life.
Sailor=Charles Good Service Dates=1944- Unsure