From the farm to the far seas
By JAMIE PATTERSON
It seemed like it happened overnight for Walter Richardson Sr.
One minute he was picking crops on his family farm in Ackerman. The next minute he was traveling across the ocean, heading to war.
His garden hoe was traded in for a typewriter. His overalls became a sailor outfit. Flat farm land was replaced by a sea horizon.
And a young boy was transformed into a man.
“I was a country boy who never did anything but pick cotton and plant cotton,” Richardson said. “But the next thing I knew, I was in a sleeper train on my way to San Diego.” -------for the rest of the story see The Yazoo Herald printed edition or subscribe to the Digital Edition.----------