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New Kent
(APA-217: dp. 7,190; 1. 455'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; S. 18 k.; cpl. 536; a. 1 5", 12 40mm; cl. Haskell)

The first New Kent (APA-217), an attack transport, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract 11 July 1944 by Permanente Metals Corp., Yard i2, Rie'~mond, California Iaunched 12 October 1944, sponsored by Mrs. W. J. Maher and oommissioned 22 November 1944, Captain Frank Monroe, Jr., in command.

Following shakedown off the California coast, New Kent departed San Diego 20 January 1945, sailing by way of Pearl Harbor for the Marshall Islands with replacements for the 4th Marine Aireraft Wing. Arriving 4 February, the transport unloaded her oargo at Majuro and Kwajelein and then oleared 10 February for Guadaloanal for training in preparation for the invasion of Okinawa. The ship sailed for oombat 15 Maroh, arriving off the western beaches of Okinawa on the morning of D-Day, 1 April. Landing her troops that afternoon, New Kent sent a beach party ashore the next day and then remained in the transport area, subject to frequent enemy air attack, until departing for Guam 7 April, sailing thence to Pearl Harbor, arriving 23 April.

The attack transport remained in the Hawaiian Islands for one month and then sailed for the west ooast 29 May, arriving Seattle 6 June. There the ship underwent overhaul until 26 June when she departed for Honolulu to bring 300 Japanese prisoners to the United States. Returning to San Francisco 11 July 1945, New Kent had her berthing compartments enlarged for more troops and then sailed on the 28th for Eniwetok and the Philippines to deliver cargo. At sea when Japan accepted surrender terms, the ship arrived San Pedro Bay, Leyte 17 August. She remained in the Philippines transporting Armv troops to positions on Luzon until departing Lingayen Gutf 20 September with ocoupation troops for Wakayama, Jnpan. Arriving on the 25th, the ship completed unloading the next day and sailed for Subio Bay that afternoon, arriving 1 Ootober. Following a second trip to Japan with oocupation troops, 15 to 28 Ootober, New Kent sailed to Manus, arriving 5 November, where she embarked 2000 passengers for her first "Magio Carpet" voyage, bringing the troops home to San Pedro, Calif. 19 November. The transport made a second voyage, to Guam from 5 to 21 December, and then greeted the New Year, 1946, at San Francisco.

Transiting the Panama Canal in mid-March, she arrived at Norfolk on the 20th and for the next year conducted amphibious training exercises along the East and Gulf coasts and in the Caribbean. Decommissioned 29 July 1949, she was berthed with the Orange, Texas Group, Atlantio Reserve Fleet, until recommissioning 10 October 1951. Then reassigned to amphibious training duty, she resumed exercises along the shores of the western Atlantio.

With the exception of a voyage to Casablanca in July of 1952, New Kent continued her training operations until the Spring of 1954 when, again inactivated, she returned to Orange, Texas 12 July, where she remained until struck from the Navy List 1 October 1958

New Kent earned 1 battle star during World War II.


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In mid-March 1946 the New Kent steamed through the Panama Canal and arrived at Norfolk, Virginia on 20 March. For the next year she conducted amphibious training exercises along the East and Gulf coasts and in the Caribbean. On 29 July 1949 she was decommissioned, and berthed with the Orange, Texas Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet. On 10 October 1951 she was re-commissioned and reassigned to amphibious training duty, resuming exercises along the shores of the Atlantic.

With the exception of a voyage to Casablanca in July 1952, New Kent continued her training operations until the Spring of 1954 when, again inactivated, she returned to Orange, Texas on 12 July 1954. The New Kent rejoined the Reserve Fleet on 17 September 1958 and was struck from the Navy List on 1 October 1958.


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                            Fla. Jury Awards $217M to Misdiagnosed Stroke Patient

                            A Florida jury increased to nearly $217 million the damages awarded to a Tampa man who was left brain-damaged and disabled after hospital emergency room doctors misdiagnosed stroke symptoms.

                            The Hillsborough County jury added $100.1 million in punitive damages for Allan Navarro and his family after returning a verdict of nearly $116.7 million for compensatory damages a few days earlier, following testimony in a three-week civil trial.

                            The family and their attorneys said the entire amount of punitive damages will be donated to charities to help people with spinal cord and brain injuries.

                            “This isn’t about money, this was about the quest for justice,” said Navarro’s brother-in-law, Ed Bilbao. “And today in this court, justice was served.”

                            An obviously emotional Navarro, propped up in an electric wheelchair, mouthed the words, “Thank you.”

                            The doctors are expected to appeal the verdict. Their attorney, Brian Stokes, declined to comment after court adjourned.

                            Navarro, 50, who once played pro basketball in the Philippines, is confined to a wheelchair and at risk of suffocating every time he swallows food because ER doctors at Tampa’s University Community Hospital misdiagnosed his stroke symptoms during a visit in August 2000, his attorneys said.

                            Navarro went to the ER complaining of nausea, headache, dizziness and double vision. Despite telling a nurse he had a family history of strokes, the attending physician discharged him with a diagnosis of sinusitis and a prescription for painkillers, his attorneys said.

                            The next morning, Navarro returned to the hospital with more serious symptoms. By that afternoon, he needed surgery to relieve brain swelling.

                            He spent a month hospitalized and about three months in a coma.

                            Navarro and his family sued physician Michael P. Austin and two physicians’ groups contracted to provide emergency room service. Those groups have since disbanded, according to attorneys.

                            During the trial, Austin testified that the man who performed Navarro’s initial physical exam was an unlicensed physician’s assistant.

                            Navarro’s case was filed before Florida placed caps on some types of malpractice awards to stem skyrocketing premiums and bring down medical costs. His attorneys said efforts to settle with the doctors’ insurance company within their policy limits were rejected.

                            The hospital was not named in the lawsuit.

                            Family attorney Steve Yerrid said he’ll pursue damages from the insurance company, which is now claiming in a lawsuit that it has no duty to defend Austin because the doctor breached his contract.

                            “We’re coming after them next,” vowed Yerrid, who was part of a team of lawyers that brought Florida’s landmark suit against tobacco companies and has won numerous other multimillion dollar verdicts.

                            “For all those people who believe in tort reform, they better find a new day job,” Yerrid said. “We’re here to stay.”


                            How Columbia’s Student Uprising of 1968 Was Sparked by a Segregated Gym

                            If you walked across the campus of Columbia University in April 1968, you may have been handed a typewrittenਏlyer inviting you to a campus protest. “The big steal is on,” it declared. Columbia was in the process of stealing land and resources from nearby Harlem, the flyer claimed𠅊nd students could help stop it.

                            The students who passed out those flyers may not have realized it, but soon they𠆝 be part of a controversial occupation of Columbia University that would spark one of the largest mass arrests in New York City history. By the end of the uprising, five university buildings would be taken over by nearly 1,000 protesters and the campus would be on lockdown after its dean was taken hostage.

                            And the gym that partially sparked the protest, which was mockingly called “Gym Crow” by its detractors, would become a symbol not only of the unrest, but of an epic struggle between a historic university and the broader community.

                            Columbia is located in Morningside Heights on the edge of West Harlem, and in 1968, a plan to include the community in a proposed gym building exploded in the university’s face. The monumental concrete gym was to be built in Morningside Park, which is owned by New York City, and though it was built on public land, only 12 percent of the gym would be open to the public. The other 88 percent would be set aside for Columbia’s use.

                            Flyer passed out for protesting Columbia’s plans to build a gymnasium in Morningside Park.

                            Columbia University Archives

                            This plan wasn’t welcomed by the community, especially in light of Columbia’s years-long expansion into Morningside Heights at the expense of residents—most of them African-American—who were evicted and pushed out of their homes. Harlem residents resented Columbia taking over precious recreation space and making a half-hearted gesture to include the community even though the project was moving forward against their objections.

                            One facet of the gym in particular𠅊 community entrance at the bottom of the building while Columbia students entered from the top𠅍rew particular ire.

                            “It’s the symbol of coming in through the back door that bothers the black people,” a Columbia professor਎xplained to LIFE Magazine. “That’s why they call it the g-y-m crow door.”

                            “People saw it as Ivy imperialism,” says Stefan Bradley, associate professor and chair of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. “The gymnasium was just so concrete.” Bradley’s book, Harlem vs. Columbia University, tracks the complicated, chaotic story of what happened next.

                            Black Columbia students in the Student Afro-American Society (SAS) felt responsible for representing the complaints of African-Americans in Harlem, and they brought their concerns to a campus that was already in foment. As the Vietnam War ramped up, student activism had reached a frenzied peak on campus, and members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), an anti-war group, were escalating calls for Columbia to stop associating itself with the Institute for Defense Analyses, IDA, a research group that worked with the Department of Defense.  

                            “The two strands of anger and disgust converged,” SDS member Nancy Biberman told Vanity Fair: “what the university was doing to aid the war effort, and what the university was doing that was racist in our neighborhood.”

                            As those forces intertwined, so did students𠅏or a while. On April 23, 1968, protesters gathered in the center of campus for a rally. Then, students rushed into Hamilton Hall, home to Columbia’s administrative offices and some classrooms. As administrators begged them not to take their protest indoors, the students moved in.

                            Students in Hamilton Hall at Columbia University on April 23, 1968. That night, African American students asked white students to leave and seize other buildings, so they could keep a separate protest. 

                            Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times/Redux

                            Word of the occupation spread across campus and into Harlem, but inside Hamilton Hall, tension was building between the black SAS students and the majority-white SDS. The SDS wanted to take an administrator hostage and use the occupation to draw attention to their anti-war work, but the SAS wanted to stick to their issue of stopping construction at the gym. Finally, the black students asked white students to leave the building.

                            Though the move was painted by white commentators as an expression of black militancy, Bradley says it was a strategic choice on the part of the African-American protesters. “The black students knew that it would be difficult for the university to approach a black-occupied building, especially in light of all of the uprisings in Harlem,” he said. By confining their gym-related protest to a single building, black students could represent the community’s opposition to the gym while other students broadened the occupation to reflect their opposition to the war and other issues.

                            Hamilton Hall was soon transformed into living quarters for the 86 black protesters, who covered its walls with portraits of Black Power leaders and renamed it the “Malcolm X Liberation College.” They set up a food pantry, slept on the floor, and welcomed black visitors. Meanwhile, the university struggled to figure out how to kick them out. If they used force, they feared, a riot might break out not just at the school, but in Harlem. Given the national racial tensions that had been heightened by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. just weeks earlier, it was a tenuous time.

                            The occupation lasted a week, with students rebuffing administrators’ attempts to strike a deal. Then, at 2:00 a.m. on April 30, nearly 1,000 police gathered on Columbia’s campus.

                            A crowd listens to Mark Rudd, SDS Chairman at Columbia University and the strike committee during the 1968 protests.

                            Jim Garrett/NY Daily News/Getty Images

                            Their first destination was Hamilton Hall, where all 86 students surrendered without a fight. “They knew what police could do,” says Bradley. “It wasn’t just a story or tale or lore—they would kill young black people if necessary.” Meanwhile, police met resistance from white protesters. They made over 700 arrests and injured over 100 students, clearing out the buildings as protesters stampeded.

                            Ultimately, the occupation gave students at Columbia more power, resulting in the creation of campus structures designed to give students a voice and a vote in university matters. Black students eventually were able to convince the university to add more black faculty members, admit more black students and create a Black Studies program. And in March 1969, the university dropped plans for the gym.

                            𠇊 minority of a minority was able to change a white institution that had been around before the United States had been established,” says Bradley. “I think this is remarkable.”

                            Bradley sees parallels between the activism of 1968 and that of today’s Black Lives Matter movement. He notes the same audacity in both movements𠅊nd many of the same tactics—in their �ility to take the small things like a gymnasium or these very local matters like the death of Trayvon Martin or Philando Castile or Sandra Bland—these very local things𠅊nd turn them into an indictment on systems,” he says. “Students back in the �s and young people today who have taken to the streets have that unique ability to tie the local matters to larger systems.”

                            The 1968 protests𠅊nd the memory of Gym Crow—may be long gone, but their legacy is anything but dead.

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