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The Rose Bowl and parade has always been a big part of our lives because my Grandma Susie lived in Pasadena just a few miles from where the parade was held. She worked for Sears right there on Colorado Boulevard. We lived a half hour away and I have great memories of taking out of town relatives to the parade. There was a factory a block from our house and when the floats were taken from there to Pasadena the day before we got our own little preview of five or six of the floats. Then of course, during the Rose Bowl game our family would gather for the last of the New Year’s festivities and all watch the game together. Those are great memories, ones I cherish. So when I came across Mr. Cain’s pictures of the 1943 game it was really hit a nerve and I just had to research this game and put information to the pictures.
Because Pearl Harbor was bombed and the fear it caused the United States in 1941 PFC Cain along with the rest of the 110th Quartermaster Regiment were sent to help guard the coast of California. They left Camp Robinson, Arkansas 14 December 1941 and arrived in Northern California at Fort Ord 24 December 1941. Since a lot of the regiment was from Nebraska I am sure they kept tabs on the Rose Bowl that year because the Cornhuskers played the Sanford Indian’s. Sadly that year Sanford was the better team and took the win 21-13. I know at this time up the coast in Fort Ord Dad regiment was ordered to take the trucks up into the forest at night to hide in case of an attack by the Japanese. I know how cold he was as he slept in the truck with only one wool blanket. They were not ready for the cold weather of the coast was throwing at them. I am not sure they were able to sit around and listen to that game on the radio. Dad also tells how dark it was out there with the night sky hidden from the from the dark forest floor.
The regiment spent the next two years running men and supplies up and down the California Coast. The 1942 Rose Bowl game was played in North Carolina but:
According to Wikipedia
After the 1942 Allied victory in the Battle of Midway and the end of the Japanese offensives in the Pacific Theater during 1942, it was deemed that the West Coast was no longer vulnerable to attack, and the Rose Bowl game continued on in the Rose Bowl Stadium. Few Georgia fans were able to make the trip because of travel restrictions. There were a large number of military servicemen in attendance. The Tournament of Roses parade itself still was not held due to the war. Due to the number of American servicemen stationed in Australia, the game was broadcast live on Australian radio.
Mr. Cain found himself in Pasadena, California around this time and lucky for us he attended the 1943 game, saved his ticket, and took pictures. And God bless the Cain Family for sharing his memories so I can share them with you.They tell me Mr. Cain would not have wanted the attention. I know the same goes for Dad and most of the men from that generation. Thank goodness they preserved this improtant time in their lives through pictures so someone like me can preserve them for our families and the families of others who had family who were there.
He paid four dollars and with forty cents tax his total cost for admittance was a whole $4.40. Cain traveled through Tunnel 16 to Row 9 and sat in seat 18. The game was held on 1 January 1943 and kickoff was at 2:00 pm.
It was a sunny 70 degrees when Georgia and UCLA met at the Rose Bowl that day. And Mr. Cain’s pictures chronicle the game.
First Quarter Score, Georgia 0, UCLA 0.
Second Quarter Score Georgia 0, UCLA 0.
According to Wikipedia:
Both teams went scoreless until the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had 25 first downs to the Bruins’ 5. In the fourth quarter, the Bruins were backed up against the south goal line. Bob Waterfield attempted the punt 10 yards back from the line of scrimmage as was the custom at the time. The punt was blocked out of the end zone.
I could not find much information other than the above about that last quarter but scoring nine points Georgia would win the game 9-0. After not scoring in the first three quarters I bet that fourth had the crowd on their feet.
Photo’s and memories shared by the Cain Family