Brandon Richards of KPLC 7 in Lake Charles, Louisiana reports: It’s been sixty-five years since J.T. Platt last boarded the USS Orleck. “I was one of the grunts. I did what I was told,” said Platt, who worked at Consolidated Steel Corporation, the group that built the Orleck starting in 1944. Platt worked at the company in Orange, Texas from 1944 to 1945. He left Consolidated Steel two months after the Orleck was commissioned. Platt was part of the original group from Consolidated Steel, responsible for making sure all of the equipment on board the Orleck was in working order…. Read the rest of this entry »
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Our nation’s fleet of historic ships grows by one! Tim Younkman of the Bay City Times writes, “The battle continues to bring the Vietnam-era destroyer USS Edson to the Bay City riverfront. Volunteers and maritime enthusiasts have worked for 13 years to secure a 20th century combat ship as a Bay City attraction. Their efforts paid off when the U.S. Navy granted ownership of the 56-year-old Edson, now in mothballs, to the Saginaw Valley Navel Ship Museum.” Full article here. For more about the namesake of the USS Edson, click here.
According to Navy News Service, “The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Gravely from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding during a ceremony July 26 in Pascagoula, Miss. Designated DDG 107, Gravely is the 57th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.” Moreover, according to Navy News Service, “The new destroyer honors the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African American commissioned as an officer from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Course. He was the first African American to command a warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler); to command a major warship (USS Jouett); to achieve flag rank and eventually… Read the rest of this entry »
Jill Callison of the Argus Leader writes, “Sixty-five years ago this month, the guns of the battleship USS South Dakota were the first to hit mainland Japan.” Full article here. USS South Dakota’s DANFS entry can be found here. For additional images of the USS South Dakota, click here.
Looking for something fun to do with free admission. Please consider our Navy’s Naval History enterprise which consists of a dozen official U.S. Navy museums, NHHC headquarters which is home to the Navy Library, the Navy Art Gallery, and the USS Constitution. For more information, click here. Can you Say Road Trip?
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Last Friday, April 16th the Navy Department Library was the recipient of a very generous donation. Mrs. Mary Lou Mawdsley, her son Alan Mawdsley, and her grandson Jimmy presented us with 59 cruise books collected by her late husband, Dr. Dean L. Mawdsley. The collection ranges from World War I to the Cold War, with a majority of them coming from the World War II era. Cruise books are often compared to yearbooks, in that they tell the informal story of a ship and the people who have served onboard. Our collection contains nearly 3,000 cruise books and continues to… Read the rest of this entry »
For additional images of the USS Wisconsin, click here. For a ship’s history, click here. For information about touring the USS Wisconsin, click here. Click here to become a fan of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) on Facebook. Wisconsin crew members, please post your sea stories in our comments section.
For images of the Yorktown, click here. To view Yorktown’s entry in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, click here. To tour the USS Yorktown in Patriots Point, SC, click here. Yorktown sailors: please share your sea stories in the comments section! Thanks!