The word prompt for the 18th edition of the Smile for the Camera carnival is Travel: show us your family and how they traveled. Well, that’s a hard one…other than my immigrant ancestors arriving in the U.S. by ship, I don’t know of any other travelers in the family – and I certainly don’t have any photos of them. I seem to be the first bitten by the travel bug. Until I remembered that my father did travel – courtesy of the United States Navy! Here is a photo of him (on the right) and his buddy on their ship, the USS Cadmus.
The expression the Navy used for recruiting for many years was “Join the Navy and See the World” – in my father’s case, this was true. He was only in the Navy for two years, but he managed to travel quite a bit. The USS Cadmus, AR-14, was a repair ship. She made her first transatlantic crossing in 1957 to Scotland, France, and Spain. The following year the ship had exercises in the Mediterranean. My father has very fond memories of his time in the Navy, and he still remembers those ports of call. It would be the only time my father ever traveled outside of the United States. Here is a photo of the USS Cadmus:
[Written for the 18th Edition of Smile for the Camera Carnival: Travel]
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