USS NAVARRO (APA-215)
By David Monroe
These are the photos I have that were taken the day the USS Navarro was christened.
My mother, Betty June Monroe, christened the USS Navarro on 3 Oct. 1944. She was
chosen to christen the ship because she had sold the most war bonds in one of the
many drives that were held to sell war bonds.
Photo #1 (below) is a photo of the ship just prior to launch.
Photo #2 (below) is a photo of my mother greeting Mr. Norris Nash, who was employed
by Permanente Metals Corp. in Richmond, California.
Photo #3 (below) is a photo of, from left to right, Betty Monroe, unidentified Naval Officer,
Richard Klepper (the triggerman), unidentified female, and Mrs. Anne Jones (the sponsor).
Photo #4 (below) is a photo of the same unidentified female, Sponsor Mrs. Anne Jones, and
and Betty Monroe.
Photo #5 (below) is a photo of the Sponsor Mrs. Anne Jones, Triggerman Richard
Klepper, Betty Monroe, unidentified Naval Officer, and unidentified female.
Photo #6 (below) is the same as photo #5 with the addition of Mr. Thomas Andrew Bedford of
Permanente Metals Corp. and Flower Girl Rosma Pete.
Photo #7 (below) is Triggerman Richard Keppler, Sponsor Anne Jones, Mr. Norris Nash of
Permanente Metals Corp., Betty Monroe, and unidentified female.
Photo #8 (below) is unidentified female, Sponsor Mrs. Anne Jones, Mr. Norris Nash, and
If a member of the association knows the identity of the people I cannot identify,
I would appreciate this information.
I hope your members enjoy these photos as much as I have sharing them. The USS
Navarro has a very interesting history, and the more I read about it, the more
interesting it becomes. If I can be of any help or source of information, please
let me know. My mother, Betty June Monroe, is still living and remembers this day
quite well for a woman who is now 84 years old.
David C. Monroe