My husband Tim enlisted in the Navy in July of 1961 and was discharged on 2 July, 1965.
While he was in the Navy, he took many slides and a few movies. Most of his Navy images
are on his Navy page, so for still
images, you should go there.
Please Note! The York County and travel movies linked here are large files for use with DSL or cable modem computer systems. Although the clips have recently been reduced in size to speed up downloading. If you're using a plain telephone line modem for the internet, our advice is to make note of this page address, then go somewhere like the public library or a friend's house who has a faster connection to view and save the videos.
You may also want to take along a flash drive so you can save the videos for your home computer. After a video runs, right click on the link and select "save target as," then make sure you know where it's being saved to, maybe your flash or jump drive?
Although the York County was decommissioned and transferred to the Italian government and then eventually scraped in Italy, the Spiegel Grove LSD- 32 was cleaned and sunk near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. Most of the ship is lying deep between 80 and 90 feet of water.
View the 8mm Navy films below, but first, during the Mediterranean cruise after he first boarded the York in 1962, they stopped in several ports including Porto, Portugal where he took several movies while on liberty. The first clip is of an electric tram which they used in Porto instead of buses. It reminded Tim when he was very young riding electric street cars in Columbus, OH. These other clips are a little longer but they show life as it was at the time in Porto, Portugal, which is now a very modern city. The next clip is a repeat of the tram, but with a scene change showing a group of school children who wanted to pose for for the camera. He also filmed people walking to market carrying baskets on their heads, which appeared to be a very common practice. The last clip shows downtown Porto as the city begins to wind down for the day. He also wanted me to show two pictures of La Coruna, Spain, first a picture of a road sign, then a picture of the port town of La Coruna as it looked as he got off the bus. The last picture is of the San Juan Valley which he believes was near the Hilton hotel.
Note! If the movie don't start at the first click, try selecting it again.
Many thanks to Mr. Joe Wise for sharing his videos shown below. They were taken while he was stationed aboard the York County. I don't believe my husband Tim knew him during his years on the ship.
After a video runs, right click on the link and select "save target as," then make sure you know where it's being saved to, maybe your flash or jump drive that you brought with you to the library?
We hope even more videos are coming from other crew members, so check back again!