John Rapp | Navy

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John Rapp of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania loved the navy.  He enlisted during WWII, serving aboard landing craft in the Pacific.  After more than thirty years, John retired from the navy as a chief boatswain’s mate.  “It was my job to keep the ship clean and orderly,” he says.  “I showed the younger men how things were done and how to live up to their responsibilities.”

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On June 16, 2015, we filmed our 9th episode of Veterans and Their Stories at MCA-TV in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.  On this day, John Rapp (Navy) and Charlie Lisica (Navy) joined us to share their stories of serving in the military.

Veterans and Their Stories is a production of Moon Township Community Access Television.   The talk show features interviews with veterans from Moon Township and surrounding communities.  Veterans and Their Stories is hosted by Moon Township resident Beth Feather, who is also the MCA-TV community producer for this program.  This program is co-produced with the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, in partnership with the Veterans Breakfast Club.

KEYWORDS: 20MM SHIP GUN; AIEA, HI; AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP; BAINBRIDGE, MD; BOATSWAIN’S MATE (BM); CHIEF PETTY OFFICER (CPO); COMBAT INFORMATION CENTER (CIC); DARLINGTON, PA; FRONTERO,TONY; GLOUCESTER, MA; HOPE, BOB; KAMIKAZE; LANDING CRAFT INFANTRY (LCI); LANDING PLATFORM/DOCK (LPD); LANDING SHIP TANK (LST); MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES; MINDORO, PHILIPPINES; MINESWEEPER SHIP; SAN DIEGO, CA; SHIP FENDER; SWAB JOCKEY; TUG BOAT; US NAVY; US NAVY RESERVE; USS GENERAL R. L. HOWZE (AP-134); WOMEN’S ARMY CORPS (WAC); WORLD WAR II; ZAMBOANGA, PHILIPPINES