Navy Tidbits #1

Zf495. USS NORTH CAROLINA BB-55 was launched June 13, 1941      She was the first major combatant ship without portholes in the hull.    CURRENT LOCATION:  west bank of Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina.  Here is an interesting link from the National Park Service, click here:


This page was started to offer Navy tidbits, general Navy stuff that did not get its own webpage.


Portholes on Navy Warships.

My friends, the Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team, doing research came across the above picture, the below information and shared it with me.

Zf496. This date, 1941 6 12, the BEAVER CITY NB TIMES reports about the first battleship commissioned since 1923 at Brooklyn Navy Yard and that it was built without portholes.

In their research, the wife of the person, subject of their book, Grace Britt was evacuated from the Philippines on May 5, 1941, on the Army Personnel Transport Ship, USAT Republic and arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on June 11, 1941. She probably saw the USS North Carolina there.

Zf497. This is a picture of the German Pocket Battleship Scheer. At about this same time on 1941 6 14 the INDIANAPOLIS IN STAR wrote about combat action with a German Pocket Battle. The researcher noted the rows of portholes in Nazi pocket battleship, the Admiral Scheer. The 3 German pocket battleships were built between 1929 to 1936.

The Army Lt. Chester K. Britt Research Team finished their book, it is titled:

Relentless Hope: A True Story of War and Survival, by David L. Britt

The Army Lt. Chester K. Britt book Team Members are:

First are Dave Britt, LTC USAF (Ret), son of Chester K Britt, Vickie Graham CMSGT USAF (Ret), and John Duresky. They all graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1967, and are doing it as a team. Chester Britt graduated from Logan in 1933 and his mother Grace in 1934. Dave wrote most of the manuscript, John editing what he wrote and doing most of the research, and Vickie is the final editor with about 20 years of professional writing in her resume, largely with Airman Magazine.


USS Kitty Hawk today started her final voyage from Bremerton to a scrap yard in Texas.

This is reported in Facebook, here is the URL, click here:

Zf499. This is an USS Kitty Hawk image in the Naval Institute Facebook page of Jan. 16 this year (2022). The picture prescription says this:

USS Kitty Hawk today started her final voyage from Bremerton to a scrap yard in Texas, 16th Jan. 2022. Built for $264 million in 1961 ($2.5 billion in 2021), the Kitty Hawk was sold to the scrap company for the bargain price of 1 cent. For another penny, the company also got USS John F. Kennedy.



Philippine Scouts Heritage Society

 Memorial Day 2022


Zf648. Dramatized photo of a Philippine Scout in Bataan mourning a fallen comrade. Photo staged and taken by reenactors of LRRP-HK Airsoft Team, 2009.


Future US Navy destroyer to be named after Filipino Medal of Honor recipient

The future USS Telesforo Trinidad (DDG 139) will honor Fireman 2nd Class Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad, the only Filipino in the U.S. Navy to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Trinidad was born November 25, 1890, in Aklan Province, Panay, Philippine Islands. On January 21, 1915, Petty Officer Trinidad was serving aboard USS San Diego when the captain decided to conduct a four-hour full-speed and endurance trial to determine if the ship could still maintain its officially rated flank speed. Following the trial, an obstructed tube in one of the ship’s boilers gave way, creating a chain reaction. Trinidad re-entered the closed space to the No. 2 boiler to save Fireman 2nd Class R. W. Daly. As he was carrying Daly through the No. 4 fireroom, an explosion of No. 3 boiler hit Trinidad, which burned him in the face. After seeing Daly to safety and despite his injuries, Trinidad then assisted in rescuing another injured shipmate from the No. 3 fireroom. For his bravery, the U.S. Navy awarded him the Medal of Honor.  


Zf649. Fireman 2nd Class Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad on the USS San Diego, 1915.




Puget Sound Navy Museum


Zf651. Shipyard Diver Williams in DD1, early 1900s from the Puget Sound Navy Museum


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