WWII Enigma Cipher Machine. This highly important three-rotor Enigma deciphering machine was used by the Nazis during World War II. It is believed that acquisition of an Enigma, and the subsequent deciphering of the German codes by the Allies, shortened the war in Europe by at least two years. Examples of Enigma machines are exceptionally rare and almost all known models are in museums.
USS Iowa (BB-61). Being prepared for launching, at the New York Navy Yard, NY, circa late August 1942. Note: heavy chains used to brake the ship after she had entered the water; and men lounging at lower right, near a Navy Department safety poster, listening to a Marine Corps band.
On July 30, 1945 the U.S.S. Indianapolis CA-35 was sunk. 880 men were killed. 317 men survived, of which 38 are still with us today. The worst tragedy at sea in U.S. naval history. Please remember these heros on the 68th anniversary of its sinking.