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(LSV-2: dp. 5,875, 1. 458', b. 70', dr. 20' (max.), s. 20 k. cpl. 564; a. 2 5", 8 40mm., 20 20mm.; cl. Catskill.)
The third Ozark (LSV-2) was laid down as CM-7 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp. of Portland, Oreg. 12 July 1941; launched 15 June 1942; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Byrholdt; redesignated AP-107 on 1 May 1943, again redesignated LSV-2 on 21 April 1944, and commissioned 23 September 1944, Capt. Frederick P. Williams in command.
Following shakedown, Ozark sailed for Manus, Admiralty
Islands, where she reported 16 November to Commander 7th Fleet, for assignment to the 3rd Amphibious Force After intensive training the new vehicle landing ship departed 31 December for Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, as a unit of invasion Task Group 79.1. Subsequent to that successful operation, she steamed for the Marianas where she joined Transport Squadron 15 at Saipan for the invasion of Iwo Jima. She landed three waves of troops there 19 February 1945 and continued logistic support to the beach until 27 February. After transporting wounded Marines to Guam for hospital care, Ozark reported to Transport Squadron 13 at Leyte rehearsing for the invasion of Okinawa. She landed her troops and equipment on Okinawa 1 April and again remained to lend logistic support to beach operations until departing 10 April for Guam.
With the end of World War II in the Pacific near, Ozark
was chosen to transport select occupational units to Japan In an operation that took two days working around the clock, 911 officers and men were transferred to her at sea hy breeches buoy from 9 aircraft carriers, 3 battleships, 2 cruisers, and 6 destroyers. Ozark entered Tokyo Bay 30 August where she debarked her special landing force.
After making two complete tours with the Magic Carpet
Fleet returning overseas troops to the U.S. after the war Ozark transited the Panama Canal and arrived New Orleans 31 January 1946 where she was placed in upkeep status. She commenced pre-inactivation overhaul in Orange, Tex. 14 March and decommissioned 29 June.
Ozark's hull classification was changed 7 February 1955
from LSV-2 to MCS-2. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 September 1961, she was returned to the Maritime Administration and placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet and berthed at Beaumont, Tex. She was reacquired by the Navy 19 June 1963 for conversion to a Mine Countermeasures Support Ship by the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp. Recom
missioned 24 June 1966 complete with the bell from Ozark launched in 1900, she was assigned to MineRon 8 homeported in Charleston where she became flagship for Commander, Mine Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. After shakedown and intensive training at Guantanamo Bay, she remained in port for the rest of the year.
With the Navy's first minesweeping launches (MSL, Mark IV) and helicopters (RH3A) on board, Ozark conducted her first mine countermeasures training in the Charleston area early in 1967. After a cruise to several western European ports in 1967 she continued to operate in the Charleston area until deploying to the Mediterranean 18 November. Returning to Charleston 14 February 1969, she began material maintenance and upkeep followed by periodic deployment to the West Indies and the South Atlantic where she was into July.
Ozark earned three battle stars and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge for service in WW II.
Before Indian removal, the area that now includes Ozark was part of the Creek Nation. The first documented white settler was John Merrick Sr., a Revolutionary War veteran, who built a cabin in 1822 on land that is now downtown Ozark. The settlement thus came to be known initially as Merricks.
In 1826, Rev. Dempsey Dowling moved to the area, and his family established the Claybank Church in 1829-30. The current structure, the second on the site, was built in 1856 and is among the oldest log structures in the region. The first municipal water plant opened in 1840 and the first school was established in 1841. Two years later, the town’s name was changed to Woodshop in honor of an important local woodworking business. The town’s name was changed to Ozark in 1855. Stories indicate that Ozark received its final name from a traveler who saw a resemblance to the hilly area of the Foothill Mountains of Arkansas.
When Dale County was established in 1824, the town of Daleville was named as county seat. The county seat was moved to Newton in 1843, but when the courthouse burned down in 1869, county officials held an election to choose a new site for the county seat. Ozark won and was incorporated as a town on Oct. 27, 1870.
That same year, Ozark’s weekly newspaper, The Southern Star, began publication and continues to the present. In 1888 the Central of Georgia Railroad completed a line connecting Eufaula, a center of shipping, to Ozark, and the Alabama Midland Railroad completed a connector line to Troy the following year. In 1914, the Mutual Cotton Oil Company, originally called the Ozark Oil Mill, began processing cotton-seed oil for commercial use. By this time, however, the boll weevil had begun to devastate cotton crops in the area, and Ozark’s agricultural output began to diversify to include livestock, peanuts and other commodities.
Agriculture remained the most important segment of Ozark’s economy until the outbreak of World War I and the establishment of Camp Rucker. Now called Fort Rucker, the installation is the home of Army Aviation and the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career Center. The fort remains a primary driver of Ozark’s economy.
During the 1990s, Ozark opened the Dale County Agricultural Complex and the Ozark Technology Center to broaden its economy. Today, Ozark has diversified its economy with a wide range to agricultural commodities, industries, retail, services and the military.
Ozark is part of the “Wiregrass Region” so named for a grass “Aristda Stricta,” which is known for its wire-like stem and texture. The Wiregrass Region consists of southeast Alabama, western Florida and southwest Georgia.
Ozark and Dale County’s cherished heritage is kept alive through historical sites located in Ozark and throughout the county. A few of the historic sites not to miss include Claybank Church and Cemetery Holman House Eagle Stadium and Dowling Museum/Ann Rudd Art Center. For more information on local historical sites, visit www.ozarkalchamber.com.
The Southern Star, now in its 150th year of publication, is the oldest family-owned newspaper in Alabama, the oldest business in Dale County and one of the oldest in southeast Alabama. Joe H. Adams, now in his 60th year as editor, is Alabama’s longest-serving editor with the same newspaper.
The Southern Star is an award-winning newspaper with subscribers in Ozark, Dale County, many of the surrounding counties, over 90 cities and towns in Alabama and subscribers in 35 different states.
Springfield Plateau (39a) Edit
The Springfield Plateau is the only Ozark Highland Level IV ecoregion within all four states.  The nearly level to rolling Springfield Plateau is underlain by cherty limestone of the Mississippian Boone Formation and Burlington Limestone it is less rugged and wooded than Ecoregions 38, 39b, and 39c, and lacks the Ordovician dolomite and limestone of Ecoregions 39c and 39d. Karst features, such as sinkholes and caves, are common. Cold, perennial, spring-fed streams occur. Upland potential natural vegetation is primarily oak–hickory and also oak–hickory–pine forests savannas and tallgrass prairies also occurred and were maintained by fire. Today, most of the forest and almost all of the prairie have been replaced by agriculture or expanding residential areas. Poultry, cattle, and hog farming are primary land uses pastureland and hayland are common. Application of poultry litter to agricultural fields is a non-point source that can impair water quality. Total suspended solids and turbidity values in streams are usually low, but total dissolved solids and hardness values are high.  The region is a total of 4,110 square miles (10,600 km 2 ), with 66% in Missouri, 23% in Arkansas, 11% in Oklahoma, and the remainder (53 square miles (140 km 2 )) in Kansas. 
Dissected Springfield Plateau–Elk River Hills (39b) Edit
The Dissected Springfield Plateau–Elk River Hills are underlain by cherty limestone of the Mississippian Boone Formation and contain many karst features. Cold, perennial, spring-fed streams occur. It is more rugged and wooded than the lithologically similar Springfield Plateau and the lithologically dissimilar Central Plateau. Potential natural vegetation is oak–hickory and oak–hickory–pine forests. Shortleaf pine grows on the thin, cherty soils of steep slopes, and is more common than in Ecoregion 39a, 39c, and 39d. Scattered limestone glades occur, but are less extensive than on the dolomites of the lithologically distinct Ecoregion 39c. Today, Ecoregion 39b remains dominated by forest and woodland. Logging, livestock farming, woodland grazing, recreation, quarrying, and housing are primary land uses. The region is a total of 4,110 square miles (10,600 km 2 ), with 50% in Arkansas, 37% in Missouri, and the balance in Oklahoma. 
White River Hills (39c) Edit
The forested White River Hills ecoregion is a highly dissected portion of the Salem Plateau that is underlain by cherty Ordovician dolomite and limestone. Soils are usually thin, rocky, steep, and nonarable. Flat land is uncommon except along the White River. Ecoregion 39c is lithologically unlike another highly dissected portion of the Ozarks, Ecoregion 39b, where Mississippian cherty limestone of the Boone Formation predominates. Clear, cold, perennial, spring-fed streams are common, but dry valleys occur. Potential natural vegetation is oak–hickory forest, oak–hickory–pine forest, and cedar glades. Glades are more extensive than elsewhere in Arkansas, and occur on thin, droughty soils derived from carbonates. Pine is most common on steep, thin, cherty soils. It includes Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Norfork, and Beaver Lake. Turbidity and total suspended solids are usually low in its streams and rivers, but total dissolved solids and hardness values are high. The ecoregion covers 4,739 square miles (12,270 km 2 ) within Arkansas and Missouri, with 73% in Missouri. 
Central Plateau (39d) Edit
The Central Plateau is an undulating to hilly portion of the Salem Plateau that is dominated by agriculture. Ecoregion 39d is largely underlain by cherty Ordovician dolomite and limestone it is lithologically distinct from another slightly dissected part of the Ozarks, the Springfield Plateau. Karst features occur. The Central Plateau is less rugged and wooded than Ecoregions 38, 39b, and 39c. Natural vegetation is oak–hickory forest, oak–hickory–pine forest (often on soils derived from sandstone), barrens (on thin soils), and scattered cedar glades (on shallow, rocky, droughty soils from dolomite or limestone). Today, pastureland, hayland, and housing are common, but remnant forests and savannas occur in steeper areas. Turbidity, total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, and hardness values are often higher than in Ecoregions 39a and 39c. The largest Level IV ecoregion, it covers 9,454 square miles (24,490 km 2 ) within Arkansas and Missouri, with 72% in Missouri. 
Osage/Gasconade Hills (39e) Edit
The Osage/Gasconade Hills ecoregion is more densely forested and dissected than the lower relief Central Plateau to the south. Steep slopes and narrow ridges of carbonate and sandstone underlie soils which are rocky and thin. Outcrops of Gasconade Formation with some sandstone are found throughout the region along with areas of Roubidoux Formation, Jefferson City-Cotter dolomites and scattered Mississippian limestone outliers in the western portion. Numerous caves, springs, calcareous wet meadows, losing streams, and streams with entrenched valley meanders are common. Streams flow generally northward and drain into the Missouri River. The potential natural vegetation is predominantly mixed oak forest, with oak-pine forest and some pine forests in the southeast areas of the region and some small limestone and sandstone glades. The northeastern edges of this region are transitional and blend into the Interior River Valleys and Hills ecoregion.  The region covers 5,040 square miles (13,100 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
St. Francois Knobs and Basins (39f) Edit
The St. Francois Knobs and Basins ecoregion contains the oldest geologic formations in the state and has a different landscape than surrounding regions. The igneous bedrock knobs of Precambrian granite, rhyolite, and intermediate rocks rise 200–900 feet (61–274 m) above the intervening basins which are underlain by Cambrian sedimentary rocks, primarily carbonate with some sandstone. This is the only region within the Ozark Highlands that generally lacks karst topography. Streams are smaller than in neighboring regions but have a greater fall distance because of the steep topography. Sedimentary-derived soils may be stone free, not cherty as in neighboring regions. The soil mantle is generally shallow with low fertility, except in the basins, which have a thicker, more loamy layer. The potential natural vegetation includes scrub oak, post oak, and blackjack oak forests and glade areas, along with prairie in the basins and valleys. Most of the region is in forest and woodland, with cleared land limited to the small basin-like valleys used for pasture and limited cropland. Lead mining has been an important activity in this region for over two centuries and significant scarification has occurred. Other mineral resources include granite and, to a limited extent, silver, copper, and cobalt, by-products of lead mining.  The region covers 1,590 square miles (4,100 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
Meramec River Hills (39g) Edit
The Meramec River Hills ecoregion is deeply dissected, with steep-sided hills and chert-covered ridges. The hills tend to be more rugged than in the Osage/Gasconade Hills ecoregion to the northwest. Land use is mainly timber and recreation, with some pastureland for grazing, and barite and iron mining in the southeast. The potential natural vegetation in this region is shortleaf pine-oak forest and woodland, with a greater oak concentration than in forests of the Current River Hills to the south. Streams in this region drain northeast into the Mississippi River.  The region covers 1,776 square miles (4,600 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
Current River Hills (39h) Edit
In many ways, the physiography of the Current River Hills ecoregion is similar to that of the Meramec River Hills to the north. However, this region has many endemic species not found in other Ozark regions and the potential natural vegetation here has a greater pine concentration than in regions to the north and west. The region underwent intensive timber cutting in the early decades of the twentieth century. It now sustains major recreational activities. The stream valleys contain numerous, large, high-quality springs and water quality is generally better than elsewhere in Missouri. Caves and losing streams are common. Streams drain southeast into the Mississippi River.  The region covers 3,114 square miles (8,070 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
Eastern Ozark Border (39i) Edit
The Eastern Ozark Border ecoregion is a transitional area between the interior ecoregions of the Ozark Highlands and the Interior River Valleys and Hills ecoregion to the east. Moderately dissected hills and sheer bluffs typify the region. Soils can be rocky and thin on steep slopes, with areas of claypan or loess similar to the Black River Hills Border to the southwest. Compared to the Central Plateau, however, the loess mantle in this region tends to be deeper and more expansive on the uplands. Potential natural vegetation is a mix of oak forest, savanna, glades, and prairies. Land cover is variable with forests, woodlands, and cleared areas in cropland and pasture. This ecoregion has more cropland agriculture than adjoining Ozark regions.  The region covers 1,835 square miles (4,750 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
Black River Hills Border (39j) Edit
The Black River Hills Border is a transitional region with broad, flat inter-stream divides and moderately dissected hills. There is significantly less relief than in neighboring hill regions in the Ozark Highlands but greater relief than in the southeastern Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Soils are thin and rocky on steeper slopes, with claypan and loess in more level areas. More soils are derived from sandstone and loess, in contrast to interior Ozark Highlands regions which have soils mainly derived from dolomite. Potential natural vegetation is a mix between Ozark species on uplands and Mississippi Alluvial Plain species in river bottoms. Land cover is predominantly forest and woodland with a scattering of pastureland and cropland in the cleared valley bottoms. This region has the highest precipitation in the Ozark Highlands with 44–46 inches (110–120 cm) per year.  The region covers 1,076 square miles (2,790 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
Prairie Ozark Border (39k) Edit
The Prairie Ozark Border ecoregion shares characteristics with both the Wooded Osage Plains and adjacent regions within the Ozark Highlands. Topography is mostly smooth to gently sloping plains, and soils, derived from loess and cherty limestone, tend to support more cropland than other Ozark regions. The area shares the same bedrock, Mississippian to the north, and Ordovician to the south, as nearby Ozark regions. Streambeds are generally rocky and tend to be more Ozarkian in structure than those found in the Wooded Osage Plains to the west. The biotic composition and potential natural vegetation reflect the transition from a predominantly prairie landscape in the northwest to a more wooded landscape of the interior Ozark Highlands.  The region covers 842 square miles (2,180 km 2 ) within Missouri. 
Catskill Class (LSV 1-2): Photographs
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Under construction on 7 February 1944 at the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon.
The ship is being completed as a transport with facilities to carry vehicles on her former mine deck, and the mine ports in the stern have been plated over. Work has not yet begun to implement a mid-1943 decision to add a stern gate and ramp for launching amphibious vehicles.
Photo No. 19-N-61180
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
Near the yard of her builder, the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon, on 10 July 1944.
Photo No. 19-N-69095
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM
Near the yard of her builder, the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon, on 12 July 1944.
Photo No. 19-N-69092
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM
Near the yard of her builder, the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon, on 12 July 1944.
Photo No. 19-N-69091
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM
Near the yard of her builder, the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon, on 16 September 1944.
Her two superfiring 5"/38 gun mounts were removed before she left the shipyard in early October.
Photo No. 19-N-76631
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM
Photographed by an aircraft from USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) while underway in the Gulf of Tonkin on 29 June 1969.
The minesweeping launches in the davits include MSL-22, 23, 27, 28, and 29.
Joseph Davis: WWII Navy Machinist’s Mate at Iwo Jima and Okinawa
Joseph Davis (who went by “Joe”) was born on December 11, 1918, in Iredell County, North Carolina, to Jesse Tilden and Maggie Lula Gaither Davis. By 1920, the Davis family was living in Statesville, and Jesse Davis was working as a collector in the steam laundry industry. By 1930, Jesse Davis was working delivery dry goods. Little is known about Joe Davis’ youth. He apparently enlisted in the U.S. Navy prior to the United States’ entrance into World War II — either in the 1930s or early 1940s. It is unknown where he trained or was stationed, but he ended up on the West Coast in San Diego, California. By 1940, Joe Davis had returned to Statesville, and was working at Phoenix Mills Inc., a textile company that would produce undershirts and Army drawers for the U.S. military in 1942 and 1943 during WWII.
Joe Davis would marry Ruth Helene Barrow on March 21, 1941, in Rowan County, N.C., and the couple moved to San Diego. The couple had a son named Michael in June 1942 but, Michael was born with hemophilia. The couple quickly began to not like each other from comments he made in his correspondence to his sister Jessie. Joe Davis re-enlisted and was back in the U.S. Navy for WWII service on July 26, 1944, at the San Diego Naval Training Center. He was officially listed as back in the Navy on August 3, 1944. He was demoted from his previous rank, now holding the rank of able seaman.
On September 25, 1944, Davis was ordered to report to the newly-commissioned USS Ozark (LSV-2), a Catskill-class vehicle landing ship. He was assigned as a Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class in the Machinists Division (as he referred to it on his correspondence) aboard the Ozark. In October 1944, Davis was stationed at San Diego and Long Beach, California, preparing for overseas service in the Pacific Theater. By November 1944, the Ozark had left the U.S. and arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for two days. Davis broke his rimless glasses on the way to Hawaii, and was unable to get them fixed — which made seeing for his work difficult.
The Ozark sailed for Manus Island in the Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea, where she reported on November 16, 1944, to the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, for assignment to the 3rd Amphibious Force. After intensive training, the Ozark departed on December 31, 1944, for Lingayen Gulf at Luzon, Philippine Islands, to serve as a unit of the invasion Task Group 79.1. The ship participated in the Lingayen Gulf landings on January 9, 1945.
After the invasion of Luzon, Davis announced by correspondence on January 25, 1945, to his parents that his wife Ruth had taken out divorce paperwork. Ruth Davis remained living in San Diego with her son after the divorce. While not really sharing much about his wife in his correspondence home, the same could not be said for Davis’ military experiences. Davis was sharing too much information about his locations and Navy actions in his letters, resulting in a Navy censor writing on one of the returned letters around this time that Davis “talked too much.” In the end, a number of his letters were cut-out or had whole portions removed.
After the Luzon operations, the Ozark steamed for the Marianas Islands, where the ship joined the U.S. Navy Transport Squadron 15 located at island of Saipan as the squadron prepared for the invasion of the island of Iwo Jima. From February 1–5, the Ozark was anchored off of Ulithi Island in the Carolina Islands. From February 9–11, the ship was anchored at Saipan.
The Ozark landed three waves of Allied troops during the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, and continued logistic support to the beach until February 27. The Ozark began transporting wounded U.S. Marines to the island of Guam for hospital care after Iwo Jima. The ship reported to Transport Squadron 13 at Leyte Gulf, rehearsing for the invasion of Okinawa. The Ozark landed its load of Allied troops and equipment on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, when the Battle of Okinawa began. The ship remained off shore lending logistical support to beach operations on Okinawa, fending off Japanese kamikaze aircraft attacks, until departing on April 10, 1945, for Guam. It arrived there on April 14 to give its sailors a rest.
By May 1945, Davis was taking the exams necessary to be promoted to a Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class. On May 5, the Ozark sailed for island of New Caledonia, arriving there on May 14. The ship would pick up and ferry Allied troops back to Guam, arriving there on May 26, 1945. On that day, the Ozark received orders to return to the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor to be overhauled from its combat service experiences. In July 1945, the Ozark left Pearl Harbor for Okinawa, carrying U.S. reinforcement troops there. After landing at Okinawa, the ship was sent back to Guam, where they arrived on August 10, 1945.
In August 1945, when Joe Davis reported to his sister about seeing large numbers of Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber airplanes headed towards Japan following the bombings at Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The USS Ozark was chosen in mid-August to transport select Allied occupational units to Japan, joining the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet on August 17. In an operation that took two days working around the clock beginning on August 19, 1945, 911 U.S. Marine and Navy officers and servicemen were transferred by the Ozark at sea by breeches buoy while at sail towards Japan from 9 aircraft carriers, 3 battleships, 2 cruisers, and 6 destroyers.
On August 22, 1945, a smoke pot stored on the superstructure deck aft of the Ozark became ignited somehow, filling the area where the almost 1,000 newly-transferred personnel were sleeping. Many of them were overcome with smoke inhalation and almost suffocated to death. After the captain of the ship was able to get the smoke cleared, it took several days for all of the new men to be treated and recover.
The Ozark entered Tokyo Bay in Japan on August 30, 1945, where the ship debarked her special landing force of selected individuals as the lead-up to the official surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. The Ozark was immediately made ready to receive recovered Allied prisoners of war, getting their first POWs on August 31. The Ozark left from Tokyo Bay on September 8, 1945, with 950 Allied POWs, set to return to the United States through Guam and Pearl Harbor. The Ozark and Joe Davis arrived in San Francisco Bay on October 2, 1945, where they disembarked their recovered American POWs. On October 15 after being overhauled in port, the Ozark began ferrying as part of the Allied forces’ Operation Magic Carpet, Allied service individuals back and forth from Saipan, Guam, and Pearl Harbor.
The Ozark continued ferrying theses troops back to California until November 28, 1945, when the ship was ordered to Samar Island, the Philippines. However, en route to Samar, the ship received a change in orders rerouting it to Manila, where it arrived on December 18, 1945. During this whole time, Davis continued writing to his wife Ruth, and they fluctuated about whether to get back together for another change, or follow through with the divorce. The Ozark picked up over 1,900 male and female service personnel, and returned them to San Francisco, arriving back on January 6, 1946. The Ozark was ordered to cease its duty returning American personnel from the Pacific Theater on the same day. Joe Davis would be discharged from active U.S. Navy service on January 26, 1946.
It is unknown where Davis went after his discharge. Joe Davis would remarry to Leitha Ann Singletary on April 12, 1952, in Mecklenburg County, N.C. The two would eventually divorce. Davis remarried for the final time to Mary Deanie in Florida in 1966. He became a pilot for a number of years. For much of his post-WWII working career, Joe Davis worked in sales for Royal Typewriter and Bell-Tone.
His last job was in the maintenance for the apartment complex where he lived at in Fort Myers, Florida. Joseph Davis died on November 26, 1981, in Florida, at the age of 62. He died from mesatheleomia, which he may have been exposure to on Navy ships on which he served. Davis was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville, N.C.
You can learn more about Davis’ life and service, including reading original letters documenting the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, by checking out the Joseph Davis Papers (WWII 200) in the WWII Papers of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina. The rest of Davis’ small number of photographs is available for viewing online through the State Archives’ Flickr page here.
Operating as MCS-2 [ edit | edit source ]
Ozark’s hull classification was changed 7 February 1955 from LSV–2 to MCS–2. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 September 1961, she was returned to the Maritime Administration and placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet and berthed at Beaumont, Texas.
USS Ozark (MCS-2) at sea, c. 1967.
She was reacquired by the Navy 19 June 1963 for conversion to a mine countermeasures support ship by the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation and reinstated on the Naval Register 1 October 1963. Recommissioned USS Ozark (MCS-2) on 24 June 1966 (complete with the ship's bell from second Ozark) she was assigned to MinRon 8, homeported in Charleston, South Carolina where she became flagship for Commander, Mine Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
After shakedown and intensive training at Guantanamo Bay, she remained in port for the rest of the year. With the Navy’s first minesweeping launches (MSL, Mark IV) and helicopters (RH3A) on board, Ozark conducted her first mine countermeasures training in the Charleston area early in 1967.
After a cruise to several western European ports in 1967, she continued to operate in the Charleston, South Carolina, area until deploying to the Mediterranean 18 November. Returning to Charleston 14 February 1969 she began material maintenance and upkeep followed by periodic deployment to the West Indies and the South Atlantic Ocean. Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1974, she was towed to Destin, Florida and anchored there while being used as a target by the Air Force from Eglin Air Force Base. Ozark was hit multiple times with large practice (non-explosive) bombs but was not sunk. In September 1979, Ozark was ripped loose from her anchorage by Hurricane Frederic and driven onto the beach near Perdido Key, Florida. Naval units from Norfolk, Pearl Harbor and Hawthorne, Nevada participated in a salvage effort that began in October 1979.
Ozark FC is an amateur soccer team based in Springdale, Arkansas that currently competes in the National Premier Soccer League. The team colors are black, red, and white.
|Full name||Ozark Football Club|
|Founded||January 23, 2017 4 years ago ( 2017-01-23 )|
|Stadium||Har-Ber High School|
Ozark III LSV-2 - History
Name: Name of the river/creek/run. Linked to a detailed description.
Class: International classification/rating for the creek at optimal levels. At higher levels, the creek may be more difficult than this rating indicates!
Size: approximate stream/watershed size. Refer to the chart below for details:
|Size||Width (ft)||Watershed (sq mi)||Rain Rate (in/hr)||Window|
|XS||< 20||< 1||1.5||3-6 hrs|
|L||> 75||> 25||0.2||2-5 days|
|H||> 150||> 75||0.1||5+ days|
|DC||N/A||N/A||N/A||Dam Controlled - Check Schedule!|
Level: current stream level and trend. Refer to the chart below for details:
|X||Too Low||Creek is too low for fun paddling.|
|L||Low||Creek is low but paddlable. May have to drag/portage in places.|
|O||Optimal||Creek is perfect for paddling. The ratings listed are for this range.|
|H||High/Flood||Creek is high and potentially very dangerous. Many more hazards are present in this range and ratings typically are tougher than what is listed.|
Ref. Gauge: The on-line gauge that the level is based on, linked to the page for the actual gauge. The line below starts with the current level/flow reading for the gauge and then the Too Low, Optimal, and High/Flood divisions for the described creek. (E.g.: "3.63 [2.3, 3.5, 6.3]" would mean that the gauge is currently at 3.63 feet and that the creek is too low below 2.3, low between 2.3 and 3.5, optimal between 3.5 and 6.3, and high/flood over 6.3, so the creek is currently at the low end of optimal level.) The value for the current level is also linked to a history of recent levels and notes about the interpretation of the levels.
Time: The time the last gauge reading was taken and the number of hours since that reading. Remember that for streams of the XS, VS, and S variety, a reading that is a few hours old may not reflect the current stream flow. The color of the text also indicates how old the reading is: green = 10 hrs.
Cast [ edit | edit source ]
Main Cast [ edit | edit source ]
- as Marty Byrde as Wendy Byrde as Charlotte Byrde as Jonah Byrde as Ruth Langmore (credit only) as Rachel Garrison (credit only) as Roy Petty as Camino Del Rio as Jacob Snell (credit only) as Darlene Snell (credit only)
Guest Stars [ edit | edit source ]
Co-Starring [ edit | edit source ]
- as Liz as Bob Lily as Young Husband as Young Wife as Blonde Hooker(Fantasy) as Blonde Hooker(Reality) as Bank Manager as Bank Veep as FBI Agent 1 as Broker 1 as Broker 2 as Brenda as Windbreaker as Sales Manager
- Opal Littleton as Charlotte Byrde(Young)
- Asher Miles Fallica as Jonah Byrde(Young) as Enforcer 1 as Enforcer 2 as FBI Agent 2
Man who owned Riverside Inn
The few buildings in McCracken were eventually bought by Howard Garrison, who was the colorful former owner of the Riverside Inn, which was demolished in 2010.
Garrison had spent stints in prison for serving alcohol at the inn during Prohibition and for allowing gambling.
Glenn tells me that the interesting building that you mentioned in your question, Steve — the one that is now apartments — might have been where Garrison lived in his final years. He was a painter and also framed paintings.
Garrison was born on the Fourth of July 1901 and died in 1974. Several of his family members operated small businesses in McCracken.
Kaitlyn McConnell, a Springfield historian who authors the blog Ozarks Alive, wrote about the Riverside Inn and Garrison in May of 2016.
She also used Glenn as a source. McConnell's story states:
"According to Glenn, there were a number of reasons why people were attracted to Riverside. 'Number one, because the food was so good,' he says. 'I mean, that actually was the original draw.
"During Prohibition, however, people were also drawn to the inn because it was wet — and not because of the nearby Finley River’s waters. The son of a saloon owner in Billings, Garrison grew up in the alcohol business: That experience may have influenced him to bring liquor to Riverside Inn. But there wasn’t any doubt that the decision earned Garrison time in prison when he was arrested during a raid at the restaurant on March 6, 1929.
"The next few weeks saw a lot of splashy media coverage of the inn and Garrison’s role as 'the monarch of Springfield’s underworld,' as the newspaper dubbed him. Much emphasis was put on the question of where the alcohol had come from — but Garrison’s lips were sealed.
“'I think Howard was tied in with the mafia, at least out of Kansas City,' says Glenn. “I don’t think he was buying it from locals. He’s just selling it to locals.”
Garrison went to prison for two years and Riverside Inn was ordered to be closed and padlocked for half of that time.
Regarding the post office, it was in operation in McCracken from 1896 to 1932. Glenn does not believe the post office building still exists.