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(2) Old U.S.S. Salem CA-139 United States Navy Ship Stationary Sailor Letters
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(2) Old U.S.S. Salem CA-139 United States Navy Ship Stationary Sailor Letters
U.S.S. Salem   CA-139   United States   Naval   Navy   Military   Ship   Cruiser   Stationary   Sailor   Letter
The picture shows a view of the (2) Old U.S.S. Salem CA-139 United States Navy Ship Stationary Sailor Letters in this lot. The letters are not dated but they are old. There is writing on both sides of each. The letters talk about the ships actions in the Caribbean and about family at home. The letters are believed to be from the 1950s. The stationary sheets have a nice image of the ship. Below the image they are marked ''U.S.S. SALEM CA-139''. They each measure about 7-1/8'' x 10-1/2''. They are in good condition with folds from mailing and some old water marks. There are no envelopes included. Below here is some Historic reference information found on the U.S.S. Salem CA-139:

Ordered by the US Navy on 14 June, 1943, USS Salem (CA 139) was laid down on 4 July, 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Quincy Yard in Quincy, MA and launched on 25 March, 1947. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949.

USS Salem served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. During her career she served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece.

Although Salem never fired her mighty guns in anger, her very presence served as a stimulus for peace during those troubled times that came to be called the Cold War. She served as a Lady of Diplomacy, rather than as a means of exerting brute force.

Imagine a small city placed in ''mothballs'', stored for 35 years, and then reopened and restored to it's former glory. When USS Salem was decommissioned on 30 January, 1959 and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States and everyone was watching I Love Lucy on their new television. In October of 1994, Salem once again made her way north to her birthplace in Quincy, where she is now the centerpiece of the United States Naval and Shipbuilding Museum. Bill Clinton was president of the United States, people were watching Murphy Brown and Beverly Hills: 90210 on their big-screen TV's and ''surfing the net''. Now ''crewed'' by a staff of museum professionals and enthusiastic volunteers, she is being restored to her full glory.

On 14 May, 1995 - 46 years to the day since her original commissioning - Salem was re-commissioned - this time as a member of the Historic Naval Ships Association. She now serves her country once again with her new mission of teaching people of all generations our nation's rich history of shipbuilding and naval duty.

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(2) Old U.S.S. Salem CA-139 United States Navy Ship Stationary Sailor Letters


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