USS Nashville, 1937 - Ship Christening

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    Misses Mildred and Ann Stahlman, daughters of James G. Stahlman, publisher of Nashville Banner, sponsors, USS Nashville, October 2, 1937. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

    In April 1942, light cruiser Nashville escorted the aircraft carrier Hornet on its mission to launch the surprise attack on Japan led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle. This daring operation, using Army bombers modified to take off from carrier flight decks, was conceived mostly as a way to boost American morale after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and although only a modest strategic success, it demonstrated resolve and ingenuity.

    For more background and additional photos, visit the Ladies Who Launch - Ship Christening Photographs exhibit at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum.

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