Tuesday, June 27, 2017

An odd fact

I read grouchyoldcripple almost every day. Denny often mentions his service in the Navy where he was assigned on the U.S.S. Iredell County. It always struck me as an odd name for a ship. We had the Yorktown, Lexington, and any number of ships named after famous people and famous battles. It might have seemed more likely to name the ship after James Iredell, a justice of the Supreme Court appointed by George Washington, but that is not the case.
I was recently in South Dakota and visited the county seat for Brookings County.  IN the atrium they have a model of the U.S.S. Brookings County, which was gifted with the name because of the County's contributions to the war effort in WW2. Many counties and parishes put forth extra effort in sales of war bonds and other endeavors. In return, ships were named for them. That factoid was on the plaque accompanying the model.
WW2 saw a host of ships of amazing types and numbers built for the purpose of taking the war onto the shores of Europe and Japan. Many of them went to war bearing only  hull number, others were christened to commemorate others.
Our history is important. every day more of our national treasure of veterans die. Soon they will be gone. The ranks of our Korean war veterans also are thinning, as are those of Vietnam. I would rather see ships named to honor the service of these incredible men rather than have a floating whore house called the U.S.S. Worthless Willie err U.S.S. William Jefferson Clinton, or the U.S.S. Barry Soetoro. It btw will be an unmanned drone mostly controlled by the Iranians.

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