Also see the photos: The Kailua House and Pat Crane
WGI: Speaking of... Admiral Calhoun. I was thinking specifically of his trip to have supper with you, or dinner with you. WOI: <chuckle> Yeah! He called me across the harbor one day. Rushed me past his security guard and everything. He said, "Mr. Innanen.." (He always called me "Mr. Innanen" regardless. I said, "Just call me Bill!" He said, "No, No, Navy protocol says I have to call you by your last name." OK. All right.) The first time [that he did this] he said, "...I want to ask you a very special favor." "Well, if I can do it, I..." "A personal favor." I said, "If I can, I'll do it." He said, "Can I go to your house at Kaneohe, and just go to sleep on your davenport, and look out over the ocean?" "Sure, sure! Let me call the wife and see if that's OK." So, he did. He went in there and had a nap on the davenport. His chauffeur drove him out there, and his chauffeur drove him back. We had this little girl [Pat Crane], who was our first Pat. [My sister, Mary Pat, was partially named after her. -WGI] Pat's mother was a single mom. She'd advertised for someone to take care of her daughter while she worked. We'd answered the ad. [At first,] she'd pick her up every evening. Then as things progressed, she'd pick her up every other evening. And then, she'd pick her up on the weekends. Then later on, maybe once a month. We got to love the little girl just like our own, you know? Come to find out, Admiral Calhoun knew Pat's mother, Mrs. Crane. Admiral Calhoun got a little sweet on this lady. And she was a beautiful lady! WGI: How old a man was Calhoun? WOI: Oh, hell. He was as old as I am now! No, no. Not quite that old! I'd say he was 60, 62 years old. And senile! [Good guess! VADM Calhoun was born in 1884 -WGI] Both: <chuckles> WOI: [Another time] he calls... and says, "Mr. Innanen, can I come out to your place for dinner tonight?" "Well, let me call the wife and see if she has anything prepared." He says, "No, no! Don't call her! I want to surprise her." I say, "Well, maybe you won't get anything to eat!" "No, I'll take care of that. I'll take care of that." I called your mother [anyway] and said, "Admiral Calhoun is coming out for dinner tonight. I don't know what he has in mind, or anything, but he said he'll take care of everything." She just had a bicycle for transportation into Waikiki. She'd jumped on her bicycle and filled the basket full of groceries, and came on home, expecting just most anything to happen. And it did! Both: <chuckles> WOI: About 5:30 in the evening, here comes a contingent headed by a limousine with flags flying on both fenders! WGI: Three stars! WOI: Three stars! <chuckle> Pulled into the vacant lot beside us. And pretty soon the vacant lot was full of Navy vehicles. Here comes a swarm of Filipino mess boys, cooks, and folding tables. They just set everything aside in the livingroom and kitchen and set up tables. Even some on the side porch! Admiral Calhoun came in and said, "Mrs. Innanen, we want you to sit here in this easy chair, and just observe how efficient my crew is!" And sure enough! They had brought in a hot meal. Just anything you could ask for. With the meal over, he just wanted to sit down and relax and listen to the radio. He had dispatched all his people home. [They had] cleaned up everything! Everything was just a spic and span as you ever seen! Just unbelievable! But he had maybe 50 people there! WGI: And it wasn't a large house, either. WOI: No, no! No, no, no! Two bedroom house! Fairly good sized living room[, though]. But he had had tables for the crew out on the lawn, and everything else. You know, you just wonder how in the world that sort of thing could happen. WGI: Well, what was he after? WOI: He realized that we were friends of Mrs. Crane. He found out that we were Mrs. Crane's friends. From then on out he would be real "subtle" about it. He'd like to come out and have a drink. Have a few hors d'oeuvres, and so on, and bring Mrs. Crane. He'd say, "I know she wants to come out a visit with Pat." That went on and on for a little while. It finally died down. We found out later that Mrs. Crane had married an Army Lt. Colonel. We lost track of them then. We had a hard time for a little while there, when Mrs. Crane, her new husband and Pat were going to go back to the United States. We had to... Pat would say, "No! I want to stay here! I want to stay here! I want to stay with you!" We had to say, "It will be so much nicer for you to go with your new family, and your real mother" and so on. We built her up to the place where she was ready to go. You have to hand it to your mother for doing this. It was breaking he heart all the time! But she did that. WGI: Calhoun was also interested in your neighbor, I take it. WOI: Oh, yes! That was the original the original reason to want to come out there, either for dinner or whatever! Admiral Nimitz had a beach-side home across the road from us. He just liked to hobnob on the beach... WGI: Admiral Nimitz was 4 stars at that time, wasn't he? [Also CINCPAC! -WGI] WOI: Yeah, yeah. Admiral Nimitz. All kinds of intrigue, you just couldn't believe!Copyright © 1996 by William G. Innanen. All rights reserved.