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P.G. Caudell | USS Adair (APA-91)

3:27   |   You were not supposed to have a camera aboard ship, but P.G. Caudell had a miniature novelty camera that he broke down and brought with him anyway. He was wondering if the little thing would work, so he and a buddy gave it a try. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

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  • P.G. Caudell  |  WWII  |  USS Adair (APA-91)  |  5:54

    P.G. Caudell chose Navy because his two brothers chose Army and he wanted to be contrary. There was only one problem, he weighed less than a hundred pounds and they wanted at least ten more on a recruit. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

  • P.G. Caudell  |  WWII  |  USS Adair (APA-91)  |  5:58

    The amphibious training would go on all night long. Troops would climb down cargo nets into landing craft, then climb back up. P.G. Caudell was a gunner on one of the 26 boats carried by the USS Adair, an attack transport. After passage through the Panama Canal, the Adair began ferrying troops and cargo throughout the Pacific theater. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

  • P.G. Caudell  |  WWII  |  USS Adair (APA-91)  |  3:09

    Navy gunner P.G. Caudell recalls his experience with two hazards to ships in the Pacific, mines and kamikazes. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

  • P.G. Caudell  |  WWII  |  USS Adair (APA-91)  |  6:22

    There was a lot of gunfire during an amphibious landing, recalls Navy gunner P.G. Caudell. One night, they were stuck on a beach and were under the sights of a hidden Japanese artillery piece that was targeting them. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

  • P.G. Caudell  |  WWII  |  USS Adair (APA-91)  |  3:36

    An attack transport had no refrigeration system, so landing craft gunner P.G. Caudell beat the spaghetti blues with a little canned meat courtesy of the Army. He also recalls a time that Tokyo Rose bragged about something that he suspected was false. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

  • P.G. Caudell  |  WWII  |  USS Adair (APA-91)  |  4:52

    On Victory Over Japan Day, all the alcohol smuggled aboard ship came out. P.G. Caudell was too young to buy it and he'd wondered about the extra packages in the cargo. He did have the most points of anyone on the ship, though, and got off the first time it returned to California. (This interview made possible with the support of Vietnam Veteran, Capt. GRAHAM G. KYLE, JR.)

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