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1 Walter Apt (G)

2 O'Connor (G)

3 Rothberg (G)

4 Thompson (G)

5 Fowler (G)

6 Crumpler (T)

7 Rauker (T)

8 William Salvadori (FB)

9 Mahan (HB)

10 Joseph Fiore (T)

11 Haller (T)

12 Hodson (E)

13 J. Walters (HB)

14 Chapin (E)

15 Darnell (E)

16 Cpt. Robert Byrne (G)

17 Taylor (T)

18 Walsh (C)

19 Zablosky (E)

20 Preston (T)

21 Hazen (T)

22 English (C)

23 Golden (C)

24 Albritton (QB)

25 Cpt.James Higgins (T)

26 Currie (QB)

27 Roy Walters (HB)

28 Chism (QB)

29 Chance (HB)

30 McLaverty (HB)

31 Henne (HB)

32 Hetland (HB)

33 Robert Dravin (E)

34 Morehouse (HB)

35 Hughes (HB)

36 Frank Bancer (HB)

37 Mastrorolli (HB)

38 Fadgen (FB)

39 Gabriel (FB)

40 Vince LaPaglia (FB)




  Klamath Falls Marine Leathernecks (1944)

Years of Operation: 1944


Overall Record


First Game: Sep 30 vs Willamette Univ


First Win: Oct 14 vs Fairfield-Suisun


Final Game:

League Affiliation:  




Team Headquarters:

Marine Rehabilitation Center

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Owner: United States Navy


General Manager:


Coaches: Major Clyde C. Roberts (HC) Capt James B. Higgins (Asst); Capt. Roy L Walters


Home Field(s): Klamath Falls HS/Modoc Field

Titles Won







Approximately 85 men, representing nearly every major Pacific campaign, are preparing for their season opener against Willamette University on Sept. 30 at Klamath Falls.


Captain Higgins, who along with Captain Walters, hopes to win a starting berth, was an all-Southern Conference guard in 1939-1940 at Trinity University, and a regular lineman for the Chicago Cardinals of the National Professional League a year later.  He tips the scales at 240-lbs and should prove to be the bulwark of the line.


Captain Walters, fastest and shiftiest man on the practice field, starred for three years at Furman University.  He later played semi-pro ball with the Clippers of the Dixie League.


Included among those expected to take the field for the Leathernecks are:


Private First Class Joseph Fiore, a 200-lb tackle with four years semi-pro experience in New York and New Jersey.

Private First Class Walter Apt, Iowa University guard for three years.

Corporal William Salvadori, 235-lb fullback.

Staff Sergeant Thomas McClure, former Washington State quarterback.


On the last play of the game, Albrittin, marine fullback stole a Willamette pass and raced the length of the field, behind beautiful blocking, to draw the last blood and tack six points on the marine final score.  A writer was quoted "They just don't know when they're licked!"


Head Coach Major Brown was the former head man at Brown Military Academy.

1944 Schedule/Results (2-2-1):

Sep 30 - Willamette University 14-33
Oct 7 - University of California JV Ramblers 0-13
Oct 14 @ Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Station 14-12
Oct 20 - Camp Beale Bears 8-0
Nov 4 - San Francisco Coast Guard Pilots 6-6
Nov 18 - Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Station  

A referee looks on during a Leatherneck game.


Winter doesn't halt the Leathernecks' practice.

Click here for a PDF of news clippings


Very special thank you to Linda Dravin of New Jersey for sharing photos and news clippings from her father's collection (Robert Dravin, above).  Any other families who have items related to the Klamath Falls Leathernecks football team, please share as Linda has for other families to see.  Thank you!