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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 1905
05-06-2012, 07:37 PM
I have two:

USS Lexington- named for one of the longest serving carriers in the U.S. Navy. After valorous service in World War II, she spent more than twenty years in a training role. From 1969 to 1991, every navy and marine aviator learned carrier operations from her deck.

USS Carondelet- named for a decorated ironclad gunboat which served in the U.S. Navy in the Western campaign of the Civil War. On the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and a dozen other, smaller rivers, Carondelet thwarted Confederate raiding parties, reduced shore defenses and guarded Army transports from both uniformed troops and geurilla bands. She and her sisters played a decisive role in securing the western borders of the United States- and did so with no glory and little glamour.

They now constitute an almost forgotten chapter in America's bloodiest and most painful war- but they helped shape us into the people we have and will become.