My Division Officer, in 1974, shared this unsolicited Reference with my mother back in Illinois during the end of year holidays. We were on the other side of the globe from our homeport in San Diego. On a WestPac in the South China Seas. I was 22 and halfway through a 3 year tour in the Navy. I had no idea that he had done this.
My mother, Mrs. Bachmann, shared this with me decades later, from her Florida home to mine in North Carolina.
And now I share this with you, a decade later, via Social Media.
Will the circle be unbroken?
And unbroken faster?
By and by? Hmm. By and By.
USS Okinawa LPH-03
Okinawa was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 17 December 1992. She was transferred to MARAD and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Suisun Bay, Benicia, Calif.
The ship was sunk as a target in a COMSUBPAC ship sinking exercise (SINKEX) on 6 June 2002, off the coast of Southern California, in 2,020 fathoms (3,700 m) at 031°27′N 119°42′W Coordinates: 031°27′N 119°42′W. After being hit by several Maverick, Harpoon missiles, and general-purpose bombs, the ex-Okinawa was finally sunk by a Mk 48 torpedo fired by the USS Portsmouth.
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