Friday, May 20, 2016

Final Reunion of USS Tennessee Veterans-- Part 1

From the May 8, 2016, Knoxville (Tn) Focus "USS Tennessee survivors gather" by Mike Steely.

The battleship USS Tennessee managed to stay afloat that fateful December 7, 1941, day in Hawaii. It was damaged and afterwards underwent extensive remodeling and served out the rest of the war until decommissioned in 1947.  It then was inactive until 1959, when its name was removed from the naval register and it was sold to Bethleham Steel for scrapping.

On Tuesday, may 18, eight of the ship's estimated 18-20 survivors will arrive at Knoxville and spend the night before traveling to Huntsville, Tennessee, in Scott County for a final reunion of the ship's crew.  All or in their upper 80s or 90s now.

--GreGen

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