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Gerald "Jerry" M. Randall
85 years and 85 days, The Life of Jerry Randall - The Man and The Legend
On December 2, 1927, Jerry Randall was born in Akron, OH to Leora and Edgar Randall. 85 years and 85 days later, on February 27, 2013, Jerry passed away quietly in a hospice care unit in Palm Desert, CA.
Between these notable events in Jerry's life, he had grown to manhood and enlisted into the service of his governments military where he served 23 years collectively in all branches including many months on loan to the Marines as an explosive ordnance technical specialist (he blew things up). During his time in service Jerry earned many medals for distinguished action, including a Purple Heart (ouch!) and 2 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service. He was a real Hero.
About his 16th birthday (December 2, 1943), he tried to enlist into the U.S. Navy, but, the recruiter told him to come back when he turned 17 years old. A few doors away was a Merchant Marine Office and that recruiter said "come on in kid and let's talk". He told Jerry they could take him at 16 years old. Jerry signed on with them and got into the fight as a civilian. After a month learning how to load cargo onto ships and how to stay alive on board a ship, he was off to sea.
After several crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which included being sunk three times, he ended up spending his 17th birthday in Port at Cherbourg France and joined the Navy on just about Christmas day, 1944. He then spent the next 23 years various military branches before retiring as an NCO.
After Jerry retired, he went to college and studied the law for awhile before he went to work for the "Atomic Energy Commission" as a gauge reader and clock watcher walking around Sacramento Army Depot irritating people.
Jerry married twice to widowed women. His first wife, Beatrice Yap, was his math professor in college. Bea had a son and a daughter, but, Jerry and she had no children. Years later, after the children were grown, Bea passed away from a heart attack.
He met his second wife, Joan Green, at a single's club meeting near Sacramento, CA. They married and became prospectors and rock hounds and joined several clubs including: Mother Lode Gold Hounds, United Prospectors Incorporated, GPAA, Sacramento Metal Detectors, Valley Prospectors, and Old Timers Rock Hound Club. Jerry served as President and Claims Manager for UPI for many years and Joan, many of you might remember, was the first woman President of UPI. Jerry and Joan were also responsible for acquiring Twain as our first UPI claim.
Jerry enjoyed spending his retired years telling stories of his military adventures and was also an active member of the American Legion and VFW in Auburn, CA.
And that was Jerry Randall. GOOD BYE OLD FRIEND!
Written by: Barbara and Charlie Brown
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