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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

wonderful

cruise.

Mine

had

a

few

lumps,

however.

First

of

all,

I

became

sea

sick

almost

as

soon

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.

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