ATTN: Barbara Knox & Edward L Williams
offer the following information in response to your web site link:
recall, that I was aboard APA, USS Navarro, during spring of 1955 as a
member of 2nd Division, US Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, Tacoma
Washington, and that we boarded the ship in Puget Sound and sailed south
towards Silver Strand Beach at south end of San Diego Naval Base. Part of
our Force made an amphibious landing at Silver Strand Beach. Upon return to
the ship from the amphibious landing exercise, the ship sailed northward and
anchored off south end of San Clemente Island. The majority our Battalion,
transferred to a very large LST that had accompanied us from Puget Sound.
Then, we made an amphibious landing at Pyramid Cove and conducted artillery
firing exercises on the island, while the USS Navarro remained offshore.
Afterwards, we returned to ship and sailed northward and anchored off coast
of San Simeon near the William Randolph Hearst Estate. We boarded LST’s
launched from ship and made another amphibious landing at San Simeon and
traveled inland to Hunter Leggett Military Reservation. I recall as we
proceeded inland on a road, passing above the Hearst Estate, seeing an
elephant, giraffe’s and other exotic animals within confines of castle
After a few days, we returned to USS Navarro and disembarked at Puget Sound
offer this information in reply to your web site: “Navarro County Texas,
Genealogical & Historical Web Site”. I do not recall the exact APA
designation for USS Navarro. The designation, APA-215, does not sound
familiar to me, I seem to recall a one/two digit number following APA.
However, perhaps, I am confused, since there were at least two other APA’s,
accompanying us on the maneuvers.
have served on destroyers, carriers, and submarines as part of my USNR
service separate from USAF and US Army. I served as an operations and
intelligence specialist and am a Korean Era veteran. I associated with Petty
Officers from ship’s crew and enjoyed the cruise like experience, listening
to the ship’s personnel WWII experiences.
Although I have lived in Redondo Beach, California, the majority of my life,
I am a native of Texas, born in Ranger, near Ft Worth, April, 1932. My
family stems from Uvalde, Texas, circa 1860, British Columbia, early 1800’s.
Sincerely, Frank Jacobs