Magazine article Sea Classics

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Magazine article Sea Classics

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A perpetual myth appears in Sea Classics, May 2011, Vol.44/No. 5 in "Museum News," which I quote in part: "The Newport [RI] Daily News of 24 January had (an) Associated Press article pertaining to the... battleship Iowa... which transported President Roosevelt to the Casablanca Conference in January 1943."

That is a myth! It never happened! The Casablanca Conference was held 14-24 January 1943 and the USS Iowa (BB-61 ) was not commissioned until George Washington's birthday on 22 February 1943.

President Roosevelt traveled to the Casablanca Conference aboard a Boeing Clipper 314 flying boat from Miami, Florida, to Brazil, across the Atlantic Ocean to Casablanca, Morocco.

The Teheran Conference, in contrast, began on 28 November 1943. President Roosevelt traveled to the Teheran Conference by sea onboard the USS Iowa (BB-61) from Norfolk, Virginia to Oran, Algeria, North Africa, then via air to Cairo, Egypt, then via air to Teheran, Iran.

Lt. Lloyd C. Davis, USN (Ret.)

Norfolk, VA


I am a longtime reader of Sea Classics and enjoyed the article on the Arizona. In May 1996,439 fragments from the shoreside remains were retrieved. After permission from Congress, they were made available for display to museums and veterans groups. At the 1996 Navy League convention, the Hilo Council obtained permission to distribute a small number of pieces. The proceeds were used to support active duty sea service personnel. I purchased fragment 0168 and it is proudly and honorably displayed in my home. Although steel, it is very fragile and must be handled with care. Another event was an 8-hr cruise on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV63), a memorable conclusion to a memorable week in Honolulu.

Jim Hering

Shelby Township, MI


Good afternoon from the Arabian Gulfl XO of USS Higgins here. I was proud to see a photo Uiat I took of us while patrolling the Al Basrah Oil Terminal on the cover of the July issue. …

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