500 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
April 18, 1942 - The
Doolittle Raid on
bombed. KEEP READING.....
April 18, 1942 -
Prime Minister of
April 18, 1943 -
Operation Vengeance, Admiral
Isoroku Yamamoto was killed when his aircraft was shot down by U.S. fighters
April 18, 1945 - Over 1,000
attacked the small island of
April 18, 1949 - The aircraft carrier
USS United States (CVA-58) was laid down at
Newport News Drydock and Shipbuilding. However, the United States was
canceled five days later, resulting in the
Revolt of the Admirals. KEEP READING.....
THIS DAY IN 1968:
18, 1968 -
are free to choose but you are not free from the consequences of your
(06 Nov 1926 – 28 Nov
Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC -
- "WW II date":
April 18th this year will mark the
(74th) anniversary of the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. I leave it up to you to
report on the raid itself, but offer the following since I'm pretty sure your
source for such abbreviated announcements won't include some
NNS connections (below) which I am sure
will be of interest to your readers....
The so-called Doolittle Raid got started on December 21,
1941 when FDR expressed a desire that Japan be bombed as soon as
possible to boost American morale following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
quickly determined that it seemed possible that a medium army bomber
(B-25) could fly off an aircraft carrier and do the job. Two were loaded
onboard USS HORNET (CV-8) and secretly and successfully flown off on
February 3, 1942 (at-sea recovery was not possible for that large an
aircraft in 1942). Construction of the HORNET had been completed by
Newport News Shipbuilding just a few months before, in October, 1941.
Army Air force
Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle was put in charge of the secret project.
Sixteen B-25s were modified for the over-water mission and then flown to
Alameda, California. On April 1, 1942 they were loaded onboard HORNET
and tied down as far aft on the flight deck as possible. All of the
HORNET's aircraft were stored below, in the hangar bay.
westward the next day and met up with north of Hawaii with a task force
that included the carrier ENTERPRISE (CV-6); built by NNS and delivered
in 1938. Until the B-25s could be launched, ENTERPRISE's aircraft were
the only air cover that could be provided to the task force as it
Tactical circumstances dictated that the raid be launched earlier than
originally planned, several hundred miles off the Japanese coast. After
the raid commenced, the carriers returned unharmed to Pearl Harbor to
prepare for their next assignments. Their sister ship, the USS YORKTOWN
(CV-5), was also there, having battle damage repaired following the
Battle of the Coral Sea. YORKTOWN was the lead ship in that class that
totaled three carriers - all of which were built at NNS.
YORKTOWN and HORNET were lost during later actions during World War II.
ENTERPRISE survived the war, but was latter scrapped. Three other
carriers, all built at NNS, carried on their names, and their aircraft
carrier traditions. The second carriers to be named YORKTOWN, and the
second HORNET are museum ships. The second ENTERPRISE, the first of a
fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers built (and building) at NNS
has now been in commission for almost 49 years.
The Doolittle Raid, as history analyses it, did little
material damage, but did have some other benefits. But the news of the
raid caused American morale to soar, and severely shocked the Japanese,
which caused them to pull back some of their far-flung forces to defend
When the raid was first announced, a reporter had
asked the President where the attack started. FDR responded
"Shangri-La", which was the name of a mysterious place of supposedly
perpetual youth in the Himalalas identified in the then-popular book and
movie: Lost Horizon.
Doolittle was later promoted and presented the Medal
of Honor by FDR. In 1944, the Navy named one of its carriers USS
SHANGRI-LA, in honor of the raid. That carrier was not built by NNS, but
it was built to the NNS-created and super-successful ESSEX-Class design
just across Hampton Roads at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Appropriately
enough, SHANGRI-LA was christened by Mrs. Jimmy Doolittle.
On April 21,
1992, as part of the nation's 50th anniversary remembrance of World War
II accomplishments, two restored B-25s thundered down the flight deck of
the USS RANGER (CV-61) and took flight. You guessed it: RANGER was yet
another of the many carriers built by the craftsmen of Newport News
Now you know many (but perhaps not all) of the Newport News connections
to the story of this historic event.
Thank you so very much - again - for this fascinating account, Bill!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/18/18:
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH
was confusion since I stood here 35 years ago.”
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar
My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/12/18 - "Truth" (#6 in a Series of 7)":
“He who can give thanks for little will always find he has enough.”
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7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde
Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.|
2. Wednesday, May 09,
2018 -The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the
second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat
lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club
Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no
difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For
details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
3. Saturday, June
09, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold
its Belated 70th Birthday Celebration at The Cove Restaurant
in City Center (across the fountain from the Marriott
Hotel), Newport News. No admission cost; run your own food
and beverage tab. RSVP by May 01 to Lynn Walker Brothers at
757-595-4116 or Pauline Collins Shofner at
4. Friday and
Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968
will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Mulberry Inn on Warwick
Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Contact
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history courtesy of
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Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty
('65) of VA - 08/31/05
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Gold Star of David clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of
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Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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High School (NC) logo courtesy of
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Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
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