and a battleship
16, 1945, when the USS New Jersey entered Tokyo Bay, a huge American
flag was flying from the main mast.
A wonderful and exhilarating pride in our
nation and what it represented overwhelmed us. This was an instant
when pride dominated all hands. We were lifted to the highest
emotional plateau. Grateful to the Almighty for our deliverance,
we were saddened by the memory of so many sailors of the fleet
who had perished on the way.
The USS New Jersey was originally scheduled
for the surrender ceremonies, but Congress decided that the Missouri
would please President Harry Truman, a Missouri native. The change
I hope everyone gets behind the group trying
to bring her home to New Jersey, where she belongs. She sure
does deserve it. If you have never seen a battleship of this
class, you will be surprised at her size.
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