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    USS Ronald Reagan salute to USS Arizona Memorial, November 17, 2008.

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USS Mississippi. "....Commissioned in 1917, too late to serve in World War I, she served extensively in the Pacific in World War II, for which she earned eight battle stars..." She was sold for scrap in 1956.

USS Wisconsin at sea, c. 1990 Career (US) Ordered: 12 June 1940 Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Laid down: 25 January 1941 Launched: 7 December 1943 Commissioned: 16 April 1944 Recommissioned: 22 October 1988 Decommissioned: 30 September 1991 (final) Struck: 17 March 2006 Motto: Forward for Freedom Nickname: "Wisky" or "WisKy" Honors and awards: 6 Battle Stars Fate: Museum ship Badge: USS Wisconsin COA.png Class & type: Iowa-class battleship

The first ship i served on which also happened to be the ship my daddy served on only 20 yrs earlier! USS NIMITZ

Battleship USS Iowa and carrier USS Shangri-La receiving fuel from oiler USS Cahaba, 8 Jul 1945

Pearl Harbor...been there!

The USS Saratoga Notice there are no angled flight decks. They drove them straight off of the deck.

A March, 1863 photo of the USS Essex. The 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat, originally a steam-powered ferry, was acquired during the American Civil War by the US Army in 1861 for the Western Gunboat Flotilla. She was transferred to the US Navy in 1862 and participated in several operations on the Mississippi River, including the capture of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson in 1863. (LOC)

USS Wasp (CV-7). The USS Wasp was sunk by the IJN submarine I-19.