USS Alaska, 1943 - Ship Christening

Launching party, USS Alaska, Mrs. Ernest Gruening, sponsor, August 15, 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

 

Alaska, a large cruiser, was part of a task force that provided protection to aircraft carriers in the Pacific during attacks on Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan.

 

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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Taken in August 1943