Randolph (CVS 15) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1962

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CDR BENJAMIN C. TATE Operations Officer CDR ROBERT C. TARTRE Engineering Officer CDR CLIFTON R. LARGESS CDR RICHARD GRAFFEY Navigation Officer Navigation Officer CDR EARL G. DALBEY Supply Officer Tb. 1 xbfs. ,ln-3 CDR SELDON C. DUNN Medical Officer 3 LCDR JAMES M. HAZELWOOD Communications Officer LCDR JAMES P. BARNES ' '5 Communications Officer

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J My ,,',,,,,..,,,,.,..t,.,,,w-,- W, -4, .-,..-.---.- - HISTORY OF THE USS RANDOLPH CVS-15 The shining anti-submarine warfare aircraft carrier Randolph is a far cry from the first Randolph, a thirty- two gun frigate. They look different, but their tradi- tions are the same. Peyton Randolph was born in 1721 in Williamsburg, Virginia, the son of Sir John Randolph C1693-1737l, the King's Attorney for Virginia. After graduating from col- lege of William and lVlary, young Randolph stood for his law degree at the Inner Temple, London, and in 1748 was appointed King's Attorney for Virginia. Al- though a conservative during the pre-revolutionary years, and opposed to many of the "radical" resolu- tions proposed by men like Patrick Henry, he wrote the Address of Remonstrance to the King in 1764 in behalf of the Burgesses protesting the stamp duties sug- gested bythe British Parliament. He ultimately broke with the Royalists by resigning his position, and was succeeded by his brother, John f1727-17841 as King's Attorney. ln 1769 Peyton Randolph acted as moderator of the privately convened Virginia Assembly, and in Nlay 1773, he became chairman of the first Virginia lnter-colonial Committee of Correspondence. Randolph entered into the pre-revolutionary movement more and more, he presided over the Provincial Convention in August 1774, and was a member of the First Continental Congress, of which he was president from September 5 to Octo- ber 22, 1774. Re-elected to Congress in lVlarch 1774, Randolph never lived to fulfill his term. He died of "apoplexy" on 22 October, 1775. Peyton Randolph was close friend of George Wash- ington and one of the moderate and conservative leaders who framed the Constitution of our nation. He strove to keep peace in the colonies and when this became impossible, he realized that Freedom was the most important goal. And for him was named the first USS RANDOLPH. The first Randolph was a thirty-two gun frigate which carried a crew of 350. She was one of thirteen of her class built for the Continental Navy near Philadelphia, along the Delaware River in 1776. Her first Captain was a Philadelphian, Nicholas Biddle, and in 1777 she sailed from Philadelphia into the Atlantic and Caribbean in search of enemy British Blockaders. Among the prizes which she captured was the twenty-gun warship, Briton. ln IVlarch 1778, she encountered the British ship-of- the-line, Yarmouth, a sixty-four gun frigate. Although fighting a ship with twice her armament, she managed to smash the topmast and bowsprit of her opponent before a direct hit in the magazines sank the Ran- dolph. Captain Biddle, wounded early in the fight, refused to go below, and requested that a chair be brought to the bridge, from which he commanded his ship until the end. In the fleet only a bit more than a year, the Randolph earned its "E" quickly, it remained for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring the Randolph back into being in the twentieth century. Prior to the Second World War, the American Navy began its needed buildup. Roosevelt was a student of history - especially Naval History. During the fall of 1940 he asked for a list of names for the ships of his potential Navy, and on December 28, he sent a memo to the Secretary of the Navy asking that "CV-15" be named "Randolph" And so it was, the present'Ran- dolph was commissioned on 9 October, 1944. Remem- bering well the history of the first Randolph, President Roosevelt gave back to the Navy a ship and a "Can do" tradition that was begun in 1777. The keel was laid on lVlay 10, 1943, at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, in Newport News, Virginia. War workers toiled night and day to turn out this Essex-class, 42,000 ton ship, and she was launched on June 28, 1944, only thirteen months later. The men and Officers were aware of only one thing: the Randolph was needed in combat, and the sooner the better. October 9, 1944, Captain Felix Baker, USN, accepted the ship for the Navy, and the Randolph was once again officially in commission. "The sooner the better?" Four months and ten days later the ship's air group took off on their first strike - an engine plant west of Tokyo. This is the first time a ship went from Commission- ing into combat without re-fitting and post-shakedown availability at the shipyard. Her crew expected to re- turn to the yards, on December 17, 1944, orders were opened in the Atlantic - destination: the Panama Canal. After loading stores and supplies, in San Fran- cisco, the Randolph went to sea on January 20 - destination, Pearl Harbor. And after leaving Hawaii, secret orders were once again opened - destination: Tokyo.

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