USS HOUSTON CA 30
“The galloping Ghost of the Java Coast”
Jack M. Feliz
Born in 1911 on
a Southern California ranch, as a small boy on cattle ranches in Southern California, he attended one-room schools. Jack M. Feliz graduated
Barbara High School. After
graduation and on August
22, 1932, he
joined the U.S. Navy. “It was the height
of the Depression and there were many applicants ahead of me but the Navy recruiter told me that I had the
qualifications that the Navy was looking for
in that I was a high school graduate and a journeyman machinist. That machinist
experience was valuable in my Navy career. In fact, I fell right in step with
Navy life. It was a very challenging and rewarding career. If I had it to do over again I would select the Navy.
I later state in my story how
that machinist ability probably saved my life when I was able to get out of the iron mines into a machine shop. After three months of recruit training in San Diego, I was selected to
go to a machinist mate
school in Norfolk, Virginia. I went by ship, the U.S.S. Henderson to Norfolk, Virginia with stops at Corento, Nicaragua supplying the US Marine garrison with new troops and
supplies. The Marines were fighting a rebel
by the name of Sandino and his followers “.
but a small beginning. There is so much more, Jack M. Feliz life is chronicled
in his wonderful book, “The Saga of Sailor Jack”. From the depths of Hell to
the most Compelling Romances, Rollicking fun and Exciting Adventures: “The Saga of Sailor Jack”.