John F Davis IC3, USN, (Ret)
E Division, 1961 to 1964 U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19)


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I believe it was in 1962, and the Hanna was on a pineapple cruise. We were docked at Ford Island.

On a Sunday afternoon one of my shipmates and I were going down to Honolulu.

After watching a baseball game, we headed to the main gate. This man and his family were inquiring of the Marine guard if he and his family could tour an aircraft carrier. The long and the sort of it, my shipmate and I volunteered to escort them around the Hanna.

If memory serves me correctly he had also served in the Navy. The man was Beverly King from the King Ranch. The King Ranch, as many know, is one of the largest Beef Ranches in the State of Texas.

After showing Mr. King and his family around the ship, the family gave us a ride to Honolulu where they took us to their lovely hotel, for a visit, and then offered to take us to the one and only Cocos' for dinner.

They got us back to the gate just in time to catch the last liberty boat.

I still have Mr. King's business card, and am trying to contact him for a visit to the ranch.

By the way, the name of the shipmate I was with was Louie Louvier, from Louisiana. We were both in the IC Gang."

The Yeoman's Note: Bob McKay, our Admin Department's Information Specialist, gives us a clearer understanding of what John, above shared with us...

Coco's opened in 1960, at the intersection of Kapiolani & Kalakaua Ave., where the Kau Kau Corner was located. It was part of the Spencecliff restaurant family, and was designed by Honolulu architect Pete Wimberly. The Hard Rock Cafe now occupies that spot.

1960's matchcover, front
Coffee Shop : Hawaii : Illustration : Promotional Card
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These are Historical "Matchbooks" of Coco's on Oahu, Hawaii while Shipmates John Davis, Bob McKay and Jake were there from '62-'64, Coco's was a familiar hangout and these Matchcovers remind us of those days. We're sure you will remember this place as well.

Bob McKay comments on the King Ranch from his personal perspective...

As for the King Family of Kingsville, Texas Fame, ie...
Odd that you should ask me about the subject of the King Ranch as I was very interested in that establishment while I was at the Naval Air Station at Kingsville. The place is huge.

The King Ranch, a Movie of some renown was made of the ship's Captain that started a cattle empire in south central Texas in 1853.

King Ranch, was not only one of the first ranches in Texas, but was the largest ranch in the continental United States.

It's been a leader in the ranching industry through breeding, clearing and maintaining pastures, and marketing livestock. Captain Richard King, the founder of King Ranch, made major contributions to the American beef industry by developing two successful new beef breeds. King Ranch is located just outside Kingsville, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

On December 10, 1854, at Brownsville, King married Henrietta M. Chamberlain, who survived him and died at Santa Gertrudis on March 31, 1925. They had five children. His heirs eventually expanded the King Ranch to some 1,000,000 acres (larger than Rhode Island) but these were divided in 1935. King died on April 14, 1885, and was buried at San Antonio. In 1925 his body was reburied with his beloved wife's at Kingsville, the town established on his ranchland in 1904 and named for him.

Capt. King's history indicates that he had 5 children. When I was stationed at Kingsville in 1958/9 the story was that they were all girls and that no son survived him at death. The ranch remained in the family passing through his widow and then on through his youngest daughter who married the son of his old friend and business partner/associate Mr. Dick Kleberg. The Ranch is still in the Kleberg name, or was the last time I checked. No one named King has been officially connected with the ranch in Texas since widow King died in 1925.

Thanks, Bob for adding this bit of history to this page for Dave. I am sure he'll like what you have added.


Submitted 4/6/2009
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