Posted: 8/14/2009 11:27:04 AM
By Mike Hallahan President
USS Intrepid Association
On August 16 the Intrepid will celebrate the 66th Anniversary of the ship’s commissioning.
The keel of Intrepid was laid on December 1, 1941 but the ship wasn’t commissioned until August 16, 1943 in Newport News, Virginia. At a ceremony, Captain Thomas L. Sprague accepted command of the Intrepid that day.
Sunday, August 16 will be 66 years later to the day and it will be a very special day here at the Museum. We will have Former Crew Members from all over the country here and they will be sharing their stories and experiences with guests of the Museum. We will have the guys stationed throughout the ship talking about some of the things they used to do on board and pointing out special areas of interest.
We always look forward to sharing our stories and talking about the Intrepid. It was our second home and will always be a special place to us. One of my aircraft is located on the Hangar Deck – it even has my name on it – and I’ll be there proudly talking about my time on this great ship.
So bring your families and come on down for a visit this weekend. And if you see a Former Crew Member, stop and ask him to share his experiences with you. He will be happy to talk about this great ship and how great it is that so many people get to come aboard and spend time learning about the history of the Intrepid and the men that served her.