“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Uvalde in Uvalde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

USS Uvalde

USS Uvalde Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2020
1. USS Uvalde Marker
Inscription.  Constructed and commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1944, the "USS Uvalde" was a C-2 type cargo ship named to honor former United States Vice-President John Nance Garner and the county of his residence. The "Uvalde" was built by the Moore Drydock Company of Oakland, California, with an overall length of 459 feet.

The "Uvalde" served the United States Navy during World War II and was most active in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater. After the war ended, the ship provided troop and cargo transport to vital outposts in the Western Pacific and earned the Occupation Service Medal for operations in Chinese waters.

After service as part of the United Nations Force in the Korean Conflict, the "Uvalde" became part of the reserve fleet. In 1961, the ship was reactivated in response to the events of the Cold War, including the Berlin and Cuban Missile Crises.

After earning numerous service awards and citations, the "USS Uvalde" was decommissioned in 1968, the City of Uvalde, which had remained interested in the ship's service record over the years, gladly accepted the Navy's offer of several items of the vessel's equipment.
USS Uvalde Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2020
2. USS Uvalde Marker
The anchor and bell displayed at this site are reminders of the history of the ship and her crew.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5589.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, ColdWar, KoreanWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 29° 12.825′ N, 99° 46.444′ W. Marker is in Uvalde, Texas, in Uvalde County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 90) and 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Uvalde TX 78801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rice Hotel and Saddlery (approx. ¾ mile away); Reading Wood Black (approx. ¾ mile away); The Uvalde "Leader-News" (approx. ¾ mile away); Kincaid Hotel (approx. ¾ mile away); Uvalde County Courthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); Uvalde County (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Inge, Camp Dix, C.S.A. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Capt. William Benson (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Uvalde.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.
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