Cerro Gordo County


Lt. Paul Joseph Knapp





Paul Joseph Knapp was born July 1, 1916 to Anton S. and Lillian Kathryn Cassidy Knapp. He died Mar. 26, 1998 and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego, CA.

Lt. Knapp (a Navy dive bomber pilot) earned the Navy Cross in WWII for scoring two direct hits on the Japanese carrier Shokatu while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was promoted to Captain and during Vietnam he was the commander of the USS Princeton (LPH-5). He also served in Korea.