Donald V. Larson

Donald Larson Finishes Navy Electric Course

Donald V. Larson, 19, son of Mr. And Mrs. Hans O. Larson, Rural Route 1, Rock Falls was graduated recently from the Naval Training School (Electric) at the St. Louis, MO Naval Armory and received recognition as eligible to qualify for the Petty Officer rating of Electricianís Mate Third Class.

Selection to the school was made on the basis of his recruit training aptitude test scores.  The completed course of study included the practical use of electrical tools, soldering, wiring, diagramming, and repairing of telephone circuits.  A theoretical phase included principles of electricity and magnetism.

The graduate is awaiting active duty orders to sea or to some shore station.

Donald V. Larson, Fireman First Class, is spending a five-day furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larson of Rock Falls. He completed his "boot" training at Farragut, ID and, for the past five months, has been attending electrical school at St. Louis, MO. He graduated at St. Louis, Monday evening, March 27. Jules Bembow of Las Vegas, NV accompanied Donald home. Both report to duty at Camp Bradford, Norfolk, VA on April 5. 

Donald V. Larson, Fireman First Class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans O. Larson of Rock Falls, is serving on an LST [Landing Ship, Tank] boat somewhere in the Pacific, according to word received here.  

Upon entering the service in June 1943, he received boot training at Farragut, ID; later completing a course in electricity at the St. Louis Naval Armory and receiving LST training at the Amphibious Training Base, Camp Bradford, Norfolk, VA.

Eau Claire, Rock Falls soldiers with Amphibious Forces
Donald V. Larson, Fireman First Class, whose family resides at Rock Falls, and Donald Skamser, Electrician's Mate Third Class, whose family resides at 1705 Vine Street, Eau Claire, are now integral members of the Amphibious Forces of the United States Navy. At the completion of their preliminary LST [Landing Ship, Tank] training at the Amphibious Training Base, Camp Bradford, NOB, Norfolk, VA, they have been assigned to the crew of an LST for active duty.

The LST is especially constructed for the transporting of troops and heavy equipment. It has a bow that can be opened when it comes into the beach, which enables men and equipment to land ready for action. This type of amphibious craft is as large as a destroyer and is the largest of the amphibious ships capable of making landings directly on the beach.

Like the Naval Air Force and the Submarine Service, the physical requirements of the Amphibious Force are greater than for the other branches of the Naval Service. To qualify for assignment to any of the amphibious craft, a candidate must successfully complete a thorough and varied curriculum.

The Amphibious Force is one of the branches of the Navy that is now playing an important role in carrying the attack to the enemy. In every landing that has been made to date, the Amphibious Force has carried the men and material into the beaches, such is the quality of the training given to both officers and enlisted men and the sturdiness of the craft which they operate.