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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.

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9 responses to On This Day…October 18th

  1. CVL-22 was a ship my Dad flew from – the USS Independence. Sister to the Princeton.

    Great “news,” David. Love these!

    • Interestingly (depending on how ‘geeky’ you are) the Tallahassee, which the Princeton was originally laid down as (designation CL-61), was the sister of and designation neighbour of the USS Birmingham (CL-62) which was the ship that fought so valiantly to save the Princeton when she was in flames. The two are seen here…

    • I re-visited your dio, David. That was a new topic not long after I joined the iModeler “family” so I never commented – shy thing that I am, you know. I remember seeing it and I really enjoyed it and appreciated the outstanding work you’d done. But I hadn’t commented. So … now it’s time to rectify that omission.

      Well done, Shipmate! I just gave both of us that title, even though I was a “Treadhead” (or DAT) as we were sometimes called. I always liked ships, especially carriers. Since Dad flew from them during WW Twice, I simply don’t know WHY … but I do. 😉

      Bravo!

  2. I have a very special interest in WW2 US Carriers, Jeff. No idea why, they just ‘speak’ to me.

    Hope you are well, shipmate.

  3. I’m ashamed to admit I’d never before heard the names, “Princeton”, “Tallahassee” OR “Birmingham” until now…..then again, one could fill volumes of what I DON’T know – 🙁

  4. Am I hungry or am I tired, I’m amazed at what I remember some times, like… ‘Every days a holiday, every paycheck a fortune, every meal’s a banquet’.

  5. Yeah, well, Robert, you live long enough and your brain becomes like the Bermuda Triangle – many things that go in are just never seen again.

    @roofrat

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