The Misadventures of Me and My Family Tree
could be saved by transporting military families on an ocean liner from Hawaii to the mainland, rather than using the airlines. As part of this costcutting effort they had chartered the S.S.
Ainsworth. I was t confident that the Ainswor attacks. In fact, I really wasn t confident that the deathly afraid of our being away from hospital care
s medical staff could handle one of Patti s Ainsworth even had a medical staff. I was for even a short period of time. The thought
of Patti having an attack, out in the made much more sense than having
middle of the us spend five
ocean, terrified me. A short eight hour flight day s at sea. I begged the Navy to reconsider
their decision. The Navy denied my request, and we sat sail for the mainland The weather was perfect, and thanks to a benevolent God, Margaret Ann, Patti
on the Ainsworth. and Richard had a
as we pulled away from getting sick on a cruise
the dock. Can you imagine Navy Petty ship? I not only felt awful, I was also
Officer with humiliated.
six years service Lucky for me, a
crewmember came to my aid with a package of Dramamine of her time in the cabin, taking care of the kids, I spent formula and heating up baby food.
tablets. While Margaret spent most my time washing diapers, making
My orders allowed me nine days travel time plus thirty days leave before reporting to NAS Memphis for duty. We drove to Los Banos, California so that Margaret Ann could spend time with her folks and so we could show off our new baby. From there we drove to Texas City, Texas to spend a little time with my folks. From Texas City, we went on to Memphis.