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Honoring the Anniversary of USS Intrepid’s Commissioning
Posted: 8/14/2014 9:47:52 AM

Today is the 71st anniversary of the commissioning of USS Intrepid (CV-11). Last year, the Intrepid Museum hosted a homecoming weekend for more than 300 Intrepid former crew members to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning.

Intrepid sailors have been celebrating the ship’s commissioning anniversary since the very first one in 1944. At the time, Intrepid was in Pearl Harbor. The crew feasted on roast chicken for dinner and a massive cake shaped like the ship.

Crew members signed this menu from the first commissioning anniversary. (Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)
The first commissioning anniversary also marked the start of Intrepid’s return journey to the Pacific War.  On August 16, 1944, the ship departed Pearl Harbor on its way to the U.S. naval base at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands, ready to rejoin the U.S. fleet. Observed crew member Jacob Elefant in his diary, “Exactly one year from the day we were commissioned we left Pearl to join the fleet at Eniwetok. The Enterprise, Independence and six destroyers are with us. On the way to Eniwetok we held operations everyday. Our ship operates fine and so does the crew. I believe we were all kind of glad to be back in the fight.”
SB2C Helldiver

An SB2C Helldiver prepares to land on Intrepid, August 12, 1944 (Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. P00.2012.01.57)
The Intrepid Museum will celebrate the 71st anniversary of Intrepid’s commissioning with a ceremony held in hangar 2 at 11:00am on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

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