16, 1998 |
The USS New Jersey.
I enlisted in the Navy during World War II
and, with luck and my mother's prayers, I was stationed on the
USS New Jersey. I served from May 1943 to October 1945 as a radio
I hope this issue will not be used as a political
'if you do this for me, I'll do this for you.' I think you get
my meaning. Let this issue be what is best for the ship and what
the people desire.
Placing the ship in Camden will be like the
ship coming home. It will help the Aquarium, Camden and Philadelphia,
as well. Philly may even help in this.
New York City is no friend of New Jersey and
has nothing to offer. First, it is not easy to get from New York
to Bayonne. If people do make the trip, the ship would be the
only attraction - not so with Camden, just a ferry ride away,
Philly to Camden or Camden to Philly.
Please don't bury the ship in Bayonne. The
ship and the men who served on her deserve more than that.
ROBERT J. WESTCOTT