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CDR BENJAMIN C. TATE
CDR ROBERT C. TARTRE
CDR CLIFTON R. LARGESS CDR RICHARD GRAFFEY
Navigation Officer Navigation Officer
CDR EARL G. DALBEY
CDR SELDON C. DUNN
3 LCDR JAMES M. HAZELWOOD
Communications Officer LCDR JAMES P. BARNES ' '5
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CDR WILLIAM P. RILEY, JR.
Air Operations Officer
CDR ROBERT GILMOUR
LCDR HERBERT A. TABOR
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OF THE USS RANDOLPH
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
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
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:
Suggestions in the Randolph (CVS 15) - Naval Cruise Book collection:
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