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July 15, 1998

Pride and a battleship

On Sept. 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 was made.

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.

JOHN HORAN
Cherry Hill

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