On This Day…October 18th
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The photo below captures the launch of the USS Princeton on October 18th, 1942.
Originally laid down as a Cleaveland-class Light Cruiser with the name ‘Tallahassee’ she was reclassified as an Independence-class Light Aircraft Carrier and given the name ‘Princeton’ (CVL-23) in March of ’42.
Pictured here, 76 years ago today, she was lost just two years later in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 24th, 1944.
This second photo was taken today in 1944, showing the funeral procession of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in Ulm, Germany. Rommel’s death was the result of a forced suicide following implication in a plot to assassinate Hitler, a crime he denied to the last. We can clearly see Rommel’s express wishes for his funeral to be free of any political propaganda were not respected.