Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pittsburgh underway

Excellent.  Trib today covers the annual ceremony for the SS McKeesport. Those folks look familiar.

I feel obliged to point out Jason T's writeup of the same SS McKeesport a few years ago in the PG. Part of a piece I had on the USS Pittsburgh. Still a great story there.  They also named the hurricane sheared bow of the USS Pittsburgh as the USS McKeesport.

Worth mentioning is the memorial for Navy veteran Alan Wood who passed away last week in California. The PG ran the LATimes obituary the other day. While the news is about a small snippet of history; then Ensign (I am assuming) Wood merely provided the flag that was later planted on to of Mount Suribachi in the Battle for Iwo Jima. One might forget that before any of those events could happen, his ship had to beach itself under fire on occupied Iwo Jima.  The Battle of Iwo Jima had, at least officially, 6,800 KIA.  A 5-week long battle with more US combat deaths than our entire involvement in Afghanistan.

Obligatory Pittsburgh connection. His ship, LST-779 was built right here on Neville Island. 


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