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Greetings USS ESSEX Shipmates:


This plaque design has been approved and will be dedicated and mounted on the Commemorative Wall at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. We have the opportunity to have our ship recognized in a prominent place on the acclaimed Commemorative Plaque Wall at the U.S. Navy Memorial in the Naval Heritage Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. To date, over 600 ships, squadrons, navy veterans and Navy family plaques have been installed. They can all be viewed on the Navy Memorial website (select the different panels to view from the drop-down menu):

I urge each one of us USS Essex shipmates to donate to this memorial plaque project. This is an outstanding way for us to be recognized for serving our great country aboard the USS Essex. Please respond ASAP using the form linked here so that we might completely fund this project and hold a Dedication ceremony. We've also provided a quick, safe and easy online option for making your tax deductible contribution, for any amount you're comfortable with, using PayPal (no need to be a member of PayPal to make a donation).



As an added incentive, we're offering you a choice of one USS Essex Commemorative 2-sided Coin (specify either Iron Gator or Plankowner) with a donation of $25. Just select which coin you'd like from the convenient drop-down menu. All proceeds from this sale will go directly towards the USS Essex Memorial Plaque Project.

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Another alternative for showing your support is by purchasing one of our new USS Essex LHD-2 25th Anniversary t-shirts! This full color front and back design is a great way to show your support and pride in celebrating the USS Essex LHD-2 25th Anniversary. Available in multiple sizes, and in white or light blue. All proceeds from this sale will go directly towards the USS Essex Memorial Plaque Project.

2-sided White t-shirt

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2-sided Light Blue t-shirt

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You can also order your own exact replica reproduction of the USS Essex LHD-2 plaque displayed on the U.S. Navy Memorial Wall. Plaques are mounted on a handsome hardwood base, suitable for hanging or exhibiting on a desk. An order form can be downloaded by clicking here. We've also provided an online option for making your purchase using the button below (no need to be a member of PayPal to make an online payment).

If you have any questions, please call Paul T. Haley at (202) 380-0760 ext. 760 or email him at:


If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us

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