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Nationwide search for former crew members of USS Intrepid for anniversary weekend

The 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier, will be Aug. 16-19 in New York City.

The USS Intrepid is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  To mark the occasion, the Intrepid Museum is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a special 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19 2018 on board Intrepid.

The Museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.  Each item added to the Museum’s collection helps express and interpret Intrepid’s stories of service, and serves to educate and inspire more than one million visitors each year, a news release said.

Now a Museum and national historic landmark, the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11) was one of the most successful and stalwart ships in US history. Nicknamed “The Fighting I” by its crew, Intrepid served in the Pacific during World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. Intrepid later conducted submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War and served three tours of duty off Vietnam. It was also one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA during the Mercury and Gemini missions, and retrieved astronauts Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom and John Young after their respective orbits and splashdowns in the Pacific.

Free admission for U.S. military and veterans with proper ID provided by Bank of America.

Intrepid Museum is located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan. Hours are 10-5 Monday-Friday and 10-6 weekends.

To learn more about the Aug. 16-19 weekend and for registration information, go to http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/75 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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