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USS ESSEX LHD-2 Memorial Plaque Dedication and Reunion Festivities

The USS Essex LHD-2 "The Iron Gator" plaque dedication on the Commemorative Wall at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC was a successful and memorable event. A very special thanks to all of those in attendance. We had a fun-filled bus ride watching the USS Essex LHD-2 "The Legend Continues" video with laughter and "back seat" commentary passing the time. The group gathered in the auditorium at the Naval Heritage Center on Pennsylvania Avenue to hear a couple of speeches before seeing the plaque enshrined on the Commemorative Wall and is now a part of Naval History. Our next stop was off to see and honor several of the historical memorials and monuments in Washington, DC.

Below is a video of the dedication of the USS Essex LHD-2 "The Iron Gator" Memorial Plaque.


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1944 USS Essex Burial at Sea "Going Home" video

GOD BLESS ALL WHO HAVE SERVED, ARE SERVING, AND WILL SERVE IN OUR COUNTRY'S MILITARY.

SALUTE!


Burial At Sea 73 Years Ago.

Here's footage you'll see only once in a lifetime. Just imagine being there to witness it!

Tough times, tough people!

Here's a sea burial you may not have read about:

Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger.

On November 5, 1944, Deen’s squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed.

The Avenger's pilot, Lt.; Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in the plane.

It is the only time in U.S.Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.

 



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