Color guard

Randall's wife, Marion, who died in 2005, always supported him playing the drums.

"She was always in favor of my playing," said Randall.

Randall has also actively volunteered for many years and has received a number of honors for his efforts. He said he just enjoys being able to help people.

Randall credits his health to being active throughout his life.

"If I don't [remain active], I get lazy and then I get fat," joked Randall. "I got to keep going. I was this morning, for an hour, over at Sunnyview in the gym doing exercises."

Service memories

When he was in the National Guard, he also took pictures for the state and one memory remains alive through a picture hanging on his wall. The picture shows a 155 mounted canon of the 209th Artillery of the 27th Infantry Division at Fort Drum. The picture shows the cannon directly upon firing with a plume of smoke coming out.

"[Sgt. Pat Pugsley] kept taking pictures and pictures and pictures of every time they fired the 155," he said. " I was sitting in the jeep and it was raining and I got a little pissed off at him and I turned around with my little camera and took his picture of him taking pictures in the rain and that was what came out."

The picture, taken in 1972, was printed in the Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper, Randall recounted with pride.

In 1944, Randall was drafted into military service in his mid 20's. He served during the final two years of the World War II. In the Army, he was a sergeant with the Army's First Division and lived through various battles.

The good times and experiences are what he likes to share though.

"I do not quote anything that happened in the war. I won't talk about it, I won't think about it. It is too much," he said.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment