My Father's Ship
This morning after a nice breakfast of pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, and bacon, K and I went out to the Naval Aviation Museum onboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. 2LT Son1 had a professional development seminar to attend this morning before getting off duty and joined us at the museum later in the morning.
The Naval Aviation Museum is a wonderful repository of aircraft that have been part of Naval History since the first carrier, the USS Langley, was constructed by converting a collier into the Navy's first flattop. There are also several beautiful done large scale models of many of the Navy's most noteworthy aircraft carriers. Along one wall, to the left of the main entrance as you walk into the museum, is a list of all the air craft carriers that have ever been in service.
Included on that wall was CV-32, the USS Leyte, named in honor of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines during World War Two. My father served on board her from 1955 until she was decommissioned in 1959. He was part of the crew who oversaw her decommissioning.
I don't know if my father will ever be able to visit the museum but at least I can provide him a picture of his ship's name on the wall of honor there at the museum.
Image Credit » DW Davis