Group V description
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Who We Were Before Training
Provided by David Grove 21:01, 12 September 2008 (CDT)
We trained at UCLA between September 30 and December 13, 1962. Ours was a secondary school/teacher training college group. Most of our group had prior teaching experience. --David Grove 09:38, 8 April 2008 (CDT)
Formal Group V training photo provided by Dick Terry (3rd row, 8th from left, below). --David Grove 18:57, 24 June 2008 (CDT)
Informal training photos provided by David Grove.
UCLA miscellaneous photos
We flew via chartered PanAm 707 with Nigeria VI from Idlewild (later JFK) Airport in NYC via Dakar, Senegal on January 3, 1963. There was a short ceremony at the Lagos airport on arrival and we were then transported via VW microbuses to downtown Lagos. After several days' orientation and booster gamma globulin shots for hepatitis in Lagos, we left for our sites. --David Grove 09:39, 8 April 2008 (CDT) A few humorous recollections about our orientation: During our orientation we were housed in new flats that had been built for members of Parliament on Victoria Island. The flats were not yet completed. Adhesive had been put down on the concrete floors for tile that had not yet been installed, so we had to wear socks to keep the tacky black adhesive off our feet. And our hosts had thoughtfully installed mosquito netting that unfortunately did not reach the beds.
We had a welcoming dinner at the Victoria Hotel, which was walking distance from the parliamentary flats. --David Grove 20:27, 4 May 2008 (CDT
Lucinda Boyd recalls that we arrived in Nigeria on a Friday, that we must have had some orientation on the Saturday, and that we were encouraged to enjoy the beach on Sunday. Many did and arrived back hot and sandy, and in need of a shower:
- "Because!! -- we were all going to Jaja Wachukuw's 'villa' for dinner. This home was on an island and we had to get on a ferry of some sort to get there. Tables were laid out with many dishes -- everyone was very hungry. But our host (who was not present as I recall) forgot to let his cooks know that the innocent young Yankees were not accustomed to highly seasoned, peppery food -- and everything was seasoned to the nines -- except for vats of Jello. I specifically remember one of our number sitting glumly with a plate full of Jello -- the only thing he could eat -- wondering if this was how it would be for the next two years -- ever hungry."
--David Grove 07:08, 21 July 2008 (CDT)
President Kennedy was assassinated during our service. Barbara and I did not learn of the assassination until the following day. It was difficult to be away from home. Many Volunteers who lived in the Lagos area or who happened to be in Lagos gravitated to the PC/Lagos rest house that was adjacent to the PC/Lagos office on Ikoyi Island. (See photo.) We sat there silently, for long periods of time, stunned by the event. Those of us who served in the Lagos area had been invited to attend a Thanksgiving service that was held on the lawn of the residence of the American ambassador on the Ikoyi Island lagoon. Peace Corps Director William Saltonstall, a Massachusetts' man, read the first Thanksgiving proclamation of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony. Coming as it did only a few days after Kennedy's assassination, it was an extraordinarily moving occasion. Equally moving was the reaction of Nigerians to the tragedy. Thousands of Nigerians lined the street that led to the American Embassy to sign the book of condolences. My students in the Law Faculty of the University of Lagos were bereft when we first met after that terrible day. Perhaps not surprisingly, the fact that Kennedy was killed in Texas, Vice President Johnson's state, and that Johnson succeeded to the presidency, led many of of the students to assume that Johnson had had a hand in the assassination. --David Grove 08:26, 28 April 2008 (CDT)
Drawings of Tom Murphy
Some of Tom Murphy's drawings were included in the "Tilley Lamp".
Our service ended