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FYI - USS Hornet (Essex class) - 12/28/2010 11:33:40 PM   
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ALAMEDA, Calif.--Parked at a dock in the San Francisco Bay sits a floating museum of military history and space exploration that many Bay Area residents have no idea is right in their backyard. The USS Hornet has achieved momentous military distinction, and played a vital role in the history of the American space program.

Destroying 1,410 enemy aircraft and more than a million tons of enemy shipping, the Essex-class aircraft carrier, known ominously as the "Grey Ghost," played a pivotal role in virtually all of the assault landings in the Pacific from March 1944 until the end of World War II.

32 pictures, including WWII ordnance.

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RE: FYI - USS Hornet (Essex class) - 12/28/2010 11:58:07 PM   
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I had a banquet on HORNET 10 years ago. I didn't have much chance to tour the ship, but what I did have time to see was fascinating.

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RE: FYI - USS Hornet (Essex class) - 12/30/2010 3:57:52 PM   
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I went a little over 9 years ago.  I still had a TLSO Body brace on from getting run over by a parked truck {yes, I am that slow}, but I went.  There were a couple of WWII vets that were helping with the tours.  It was a moving experience.  Almost as much as standing at the spot the surrender documents were signed on the Missouri. 

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RE: FYI - USS Hornet (Essex class) - 12/30/2010 6:17:32 PM   
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Looks to be in much better shape than our Yorktown in Charleston. Sadley it is slowly rusting away at Patriots point.

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