1965-2005

Photos taken prior to the sinking of the USS America.
Other info and photos will be added as received and placed in order. There will also be a video taken at the shipyards. Please visit back as your time permits, for the additions.
Should you have photos you took that may pertain to this event and would like them added here, please send them to me at kc5vlf at leaco dot net with any info you would like included.
Thanks to all..


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Approximate location of the USS America
The final view, photo by U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg
Speaker at the Memorial Service held on February 25, 2005, Congressman Curt Weldon. (copyright 2005)
Speaker at the Memorial Service held on February 25, 2005, USS America Museum Foundation President Lee (Mack) McNulty (copyright 2005)
Barge with Planes to load on the USS America prior to the sinking
Getting ready to hoist
Hoisting
To the hangar bay
Battle "E" (copyright 2005)
Wings on the island (copyright 2005)

The eleven phots below taken from the Navy Yard in Philly and places shown - April 19, 2005 by a private citizen, annonymous. coptright 2005.
As I look through the photos again, I remember the day. It was surreal, seeing that great ship bearing the name of my country - the ship that served as diplomat around the world. It seemed the only inhabitants now were ghosts while, in her day, dignitaries from a myriad of foreign countries were welcomed on her decks. Three tours to Vietnam. The landing "field" for a U-2. The USS Liberty incident. A life-line during the "Line of Death". Now the strange lights flickering throughout her seemed so faint for a city on the sea- a small boatload of explosives on her roof. Her brave crew manning the decks now replaced by men in hard hats. All eyes were on her though. Some with tears. She seemed unwilling to go, but like a good soldier-sailor, followed orders out to sea once more. I still can't believe we dragged her out like that. annonymous
Taken from the New Jersey side of the river, south of the Walt Whitman bridge.
south of the Delaware Memorial bridge
south of the Delaware Memorial bridge
south of the Delaware Memorial bridge

The below submitted by annonymous, copyright 2005. They are the sequence of the tugs preparing to tow. The helicopter is a FOX News crew covering the event.
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Note: The background for this page created from a photo by U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.

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