His Navy career was varied. He
became a Naval Aviator during the last year of WWII. He was assigned
to Operation Deep Freeze at some point. He was CO of VFP-62 not long
after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Claude was assigned to US Embassy
duty in Manila, Philippines and reported in the same day President
Marco declared martial law in 1972. From what I remember him telling
me, his Navy flight training was in one of the Dust Bowl states,
Oklahoma or Kansas. He spent much of his Operation Deep Freeze time
in New Zealand. Claude was assigned to one or more squadrons based
out of NAS Jacksonville during the late 1940s and 1950s.
He is survived by his wife, Denise (Gallagher) Navarrette; his
children: Claudia (Navarrette) Arnberger, Rick Navarrette, Ken
Navarrette, Claude "Skip" Navarrette II, and Richard Parry; and step-
father to: Kimberly (Gallagher) Valeri, Tracy (Gallagher)
Charshafian, and Jeanine (Gallagher) Thomas. He was also a loving
grandfather and great grandfather.
Ashes to be scattered at sea.
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