Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown

From Wikipedia.

Continued from May 21st and 28th entries.

The Brown made 13 wartime voyages to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean and was at the Anzio Landings in Italy.  The ship also participated in Operation Dragon in August 1944 to liberate Southern France.

The Brown's U.S. Navy Armed Guard gunners may have shot down a German plane, but that was never confirmed.

After the was the Liberty Ship John W. Brown carried supplies to relieve Europe and returned with homecoming soldiers.

After 1946, it was loaned to New York City for use as a floating nautical school and served in that capacity until 1982.  When no longer used, a group formed Project Liberty Ship to preserve the Brown, but they were unsuccessful and the Brown was towed to the James River Reserve Fleet in July 1983.

In 1988, it was rescued by Baltimore Project Liberty Ship and towed there where it was returned to operational order.

The Story of a Ship.  --GreGen

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