S: George H LaVergne - Memory Book
FC: George H LaVergne Memories
1: George Harvey LaVergne "Photo Memories" | Prepared with Love by Donna LaVergne | July, 2011
2: George Harvey LaVergne | Born: June 7, 1928 Tacoma, WA | Father: George N LaVergne B: July 10, 1906 (Tacoma, WA) D: December 9, 1985 (Tacoma, WA) Mother: Myrl H LaVergne (Hogan) B: July 12, 1907 (Minneapolis, MN) D: June 1, 1988 (Tacoma, WA) Brother: Erle Francis LaVergne B: February, 1930 (Tacoma, WA) D: 1977 (Tacoma, WA) | Upper: Georgie LaVergne, Bobby Kehoe Lower: Eilene Kehoe, Billy LaVergne, & Erle LaVergne The Kehoe's were family friends from Randall, WA | Bobby Kehoe, Erle, Georgie, & Billy LaVergne August, 1933 | Family History
3: George Norcis LaVergne and Myrl Helen (Hogan) LaVergne | 1927 | 1977 | Myrl and George with baby Georgie - Approx 1929 | George & Myrl with Son, Georgie Approx 1978
4: Georgie & Erle LaVergne Eilene & Bobby Kehoe August, 1933 | Georgie & Erle on Peaches August, 1933 | Georgie (with back to us), Grandpa Hogan (taking photo), Aunt Lillian holding Billy, and Erle | George's mother and Bobby & Eilene's mother were girlfriends from school.
5: 8th Grade graduation from Holy Rosary, Tacoma, Washington Approx: 1942 | Georgie with Coleen, a Parkland girl Approx: 1943 | Ilene Callahan, a boarder at George's Mom & Dad's while she went to Nursing School.
6: At 16, George left home with his friend, Don Frank. They caught a freight train which they mistaken thought was headed to Spokane. They wound up in Montana, and then to Cheyenne, WY. where they spent a night in jail. George worked on a farm in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a few weeks, he hitched hiked home. He drove an elderly couple to Salt Lake City where they gave him bus fare back to Washington State. George joined the service after arriving home. His mom signed the papers since he was only 17 years old. | Georgie, Myrl (Mom) and Erle | Erle and Georgie on their bicycles | Erle, Bobby Kehoe, and Georgie
7: George joined the US Maritime Service in June of 1945. He was 17 years old at the time. His Mom signed the permission for him to join. His dad was not happy about it, but as soon as he was gone, his dad put a star in the window. | The War Years
8: George boarded a troop train in Seattle, and traveled 3 days to get to Southern California. No sleeping quarters, just seats. A boat took them over to Catalina Island where he endured training for 3 1/2 months. The second day there, he got extra duty cleaning the grounds because he sassed a superior officer. | Kelly from Auburn
9: George's photo of his section upon graduation. The drill Sargeant was a Marine who had already served overseas, and was their section leader. The bootcamp training was the same as for the Marines. | Summer, 1945
10: Home on Leave in Tacoma, WA before going overseas | Standing beside his 1932 Chevy Deluxe. He paid $225. for the car. | George was home on leave for about 30 days while his ship was being outfitted in Seattle at Pier 37. The ship and crew left for the South Pacific shortly after VE Day.
11: George LaVergne, USMS, and his friend, Don Frank, USMC. Don Franks went to the South Pacific with the Marine Corps. He made it back, and he got his pilot's license. They went their separate ways, and lost track of each other after the war.
12: Liberty Ship USS John Hope | Hope we get there, and Hope we get back. | George stayed at the Buddist Temple in Seattle at night. He had to report to the ship each day and sign in. He was on leave approximately one month before the ship sailed.
13: Once a full crew was assigned to the Ship, he received orders to sail. George was assigned to the engine room originally, and he decided that wasn't where he wanted to be since the water line was the same level. So he asked the person in charge of the deck crew if he could transfer to the top deck. He got orders to the top deck. A couple days later, he overheard an officer telling someone he lost his storekeeper due to appendicitis. He had no way of filling the position because the Ship was already pulling away from the dock. George told him that he had experience with inventory since he had worked with his dad and uncle in the garage. He said he could spell and write and would like to have the position. The officer took his name and serial number, and told George he would get back to him within the hour. HE GOT THE JOB! A Cushy job! | He didn't have to stand watch, dry store was open an hour and a half each day. Sold toiletries such as toothpaste, cigarettes, and incidentals. Was able to take leave fairly often. They left Seattle for the South Pacific with a load of quinine beer. This beer was issued to the G.I.'s for Malaria. The Ship docked in Pearl Harbor and unloaded the beer, and then the Ship was sent to the ammunition dump. The Ship was loaded with 8,000 ton of ammunition. Five hatches were loaded with 1,000 pound blockbuster bombs and incendiary bombs. Got orders to head to sea, and wound up in Lahaina, Maui until further orders. The Ship was in and out of Lahaina until the end of the war. They never did get rid of their bombs. They were out at sea when the A Bomb was dropped on Japan, and were ordered back to Lahaina.
14: A Marine that they picked up out at sea. The hospital ship was full so they brought him back to Hawaii.
15: Aboard the USS Hope
17: Miscellaneous photos from Maui, 1945-46
18: Poncho, an Island native, worked in the Mess Hall on the ship. George palled around with Poncho while stationed on the island.. | Just some of his Ship mates with George. He didn't drink so when the guys got drunk, George made sure they got back to the ship. He charged them $1.00 each. They were upset, but knew that if George didn't pick them up, they would be AWOL.
19: The DeMello family owned the Indian that George is sitting on. His girlfriend, Margaret DeMello (above), took this photo. | George in front of the Gardens on the Main Island.
20: George had a girlfriend while stationed in Maui. Her name was Margaret DeMello. He never met her family since meeting her parents would mean he was going to marry her. | After he arrived back in the states, he received a letter from her, and she had married a sailor somewhere back east, and had a child.
21: Climbing the palm trees for coconuts | There was a mutiny aboard his ship at the end of the war. George was sleeping on the aft end of the ship under the 5-inch gun because it was so hot. When he crawled out, there was a Coast Guard MP with a rifle. He marched George to the Captain's quarters to find out if he was part of the mutiny. The skipper cleared George of being part of the uprising. George hadn't even known about the mutiny before then.
22: George H LaVergne & Bette G Adams Married: June 28, 1947 St. Ann's Church - Tacoma, WA | Grandma & Grandpa LaVergne Bette & George LaVergne Newlyweds | Ed Nube, Best Man - George & Bette - Eileen Huddleston, Bridesmaid
23: George met Bette at a friend's wedding. They were witnesses to their marriage. They dated for 4 months before getting married. | Bette G Adams (Berg) B: February 4 1930 D: January 2, 1989
24: George on Tim Tacoma, WA | George just after returning from overseas | George with Bette's Uncle Clinton in Minnesota | Georgie & Erle in Randall with Bobby Kehoe's airplane
25: George & Bette at Patterson Lake, Olympia, WA Approx 1947 | At Uncle Jay and Aunt Cora's house on McKinley. Plans for restoring the ceiling panels.
26: George with Danny | Bette with Sandra and Danny Patterson Lake, Olympia | The 2 Grandpa's - George N LaVergne and Noel Adams with little Danny | Georgie with Danny & Grandpa Adams | Georgie with Danny (left) and Dot's baby
27: Georgie & Danny | Father & Son after dinner Nap | Sandra & Danny | Georgie's 1941 Harley Davidson He took the kids for their first motocycle rides on this bike.
28: George @ the Olympia Centennial , 1951 | George & his Mom | George with Danny & Sandra @ Mt Rainier | Grandpa & Grandma LaVergne with Danny, Sandra, Ronald, & Kim @ Patterson Lake, Olympia, WA - 1953 | Bette with her sister, Dot | Danny, Sandra, & the little neighbor girl | Bette, Georgie, Danny, Sandra, and Baby Ronald - 1951
29: Michael & Judi (Lee's daughter & George's step-daughter) with grandchildren, Cassie & Johnea Glacier Bay, Alaska | Time Line | George & Bette (Adams) - Married: 1947 Divorced: 1957 5 Children - Danny, Sandra, Ronald, Kim, and Robin George & LeeAnn - Married 1957 Divorced: 1977 1 step-daughter - Judi George & Irene (Hines) - Married: 1980 Deceased: 1986 George & Donna (Woodward) - Married: 1989
30: Danny Joseph B: November 24, 1948 D: October 23, 1996 Sandra Ann B: October 20, 1949 Ronald George B: February 21, 1951 Kim William B: June 30, 1953 Robin Gregory B: January 10, 1955 | Left to Right: Robin, Kim, Ronald, Sandra, & Danny Easter Sunday @ Grandma & Grandpa LaVergne's | George with all 5 kids Boise, Idaho
31: Left to Right: Robin Kim Ron Sandra Danny | Left to Right: Robin, Ron, Kim, Danny, Rodney (See note below photo), and Sandra | George & Bette divorced in 1957, and Bette married Ray Berg. Ray and Bette had a child, Rodney (half-brother to George & Bette's kids.)
32: Marlin, WA - George, Lee, & Judi ived on the ranch for 2 years. Approximately: 1959 - 1961 | Lil' Fella | George with Rainy, Sandra's horse in Graham | Lee | George with his 1961 Renault | Georgie reading his newspaper
33: Photos taken at Simpson Timber Co., Shelton, WA Approx: 1978 | After leaving Marlin,, George & Lee moved to Boise, ID, and lived there a little over 4 years. They moved back to Tacoma in 1965, and he worked with a construction company on I-5. They moved to Shelton in 1971, and he worked for Simpson Timber Co. until 1979. He ran the maintenance dept at the sorting yard. After leaving Simpson, he went to work for Star Rental in Bremerton.
34: Mike, Judy, Lee, George & Grandchildren (Approx 1975) | George & Erle LaVergne Brothers (1976) | George & Irene LaVergne February 14, 1980 Parkland, WA | Irene A LaVergne B: August 1, 1937 D: November 19, 1986 | George & Lee LaVergne Married: November, 1957 Divorced: Summer, 1977
35: George & Donna LaVergne July 28, 1989 | Met July 1, 1989 in Burien at the Promenade Square Dance Hall. George belonged to the "South Sound Singles (SSS)" in Tacoma, and Donna was a member of the "Singles on Saturday (SOS)" in Seattle. Married at the Courthouse in Olympia on Friday, July 28, 1989. Superior Court Judge Paula Casey performed the ceremony. | Living in the Nisqually Pines Yelm, Washington | George & Donna LaVergne July 28, 2011
36: 1980 Yamaha | 1975 Honda CB 500 | 1941 Harley Owned around 1950 at Pattison Lake Took the kids for rides on this bike. | Just a few of George's Motorcycles through the years. | George started riding bikes when he was 14 years old. His first bike was a 1928 Harley. | Part-Time home at Grandma LaVergne's
37: Bought the Honda Shadow August, 2004 | Bought the 1985 Honda Goldwing July 4, 1995