Armed Forces Day & Memorial Day – May 1981

Reblogging from two years ago for my lost shipmates.

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Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man (and now woman, of course). For it is he –the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine–who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail.” Admiral Forrest P. Sherman

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An aircraft carrier is a thing of terrible beauty.

An aircraft carrier is a warship of massive size and capacity for destruction; a seagoing airbase with more people on board than lived in my hometown; ninety five thousand tons of the most powerful weapons on earth. The jewel of any modern battle fleet.

A giant floating target.

The aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz was commissioned in 1975. In 1979, Nimitz was the launch site for the failed attempt to rescue U.S. Embassy hostages in Iran…

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