Bob had been serving on a base in Central California for the past two years and now the time had come for him to be transferred. There was talk that he may be sent to the Phillipines, Guam or Midway Island, but when the orders arrived, the destination was Hawaii. When I found out we were going to Hawaii, I thought of my lei floating back toward the island each time we sailed from Hawaii on our trip to Japan.
In those days, military dependents were not allowed to accompany the person serving until they had served for one year. And so, in the summer of 1956, Bob left for Hawaii and the family stayed in California.
My Mother was very pregnant and had four children to care for. She still couldn't drive so friends and relatives provided transportation. Fortunately, there were stores within walking distance. My Mother didn't think twice about the adversity of this situation. She just buckled under and handled one situation at a time.