Wednesday, September 10, 2014

USS North Carolina's First Skipper Visits Back in 1962

From the April 4, 2012, Wilmington (NC) Star- News "Back Then" by Scott Nunn.

MARCH 28, 1962:  The battleship USS North Carolina, by then a newly acquired museum ship at Wilmington, N.C., got a visit from its first skipper, retired Vice Admiral Olaf Hustvedt.  The ship's last skipper, retired Admiral William S. Maxwell, now superintendent of the USS North Carolina Memorial, met him on the gang plank.

Hustvedt took the newly commissioned North Carolina out of the New York Navy Yard in Ap[ril 1941 and put her through its shakedown cruise.  He had to give up the command when he was promoted to vice admiral.

--GreGen

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