Offered for sale are a pair of pamphlets featuring the Open House on the U.S.S. Bennington CVA-20 aircraft carrier. The front cover reads--Welcome Aboard U.S.S. Bennington CVA-20 Open House Fiesta Del Pacifico. Inside the front cover it reads--Robert E.C. Jones, Captain, USN Commanding Office and John E. Parks, Commander, USN Executive Officer. The pamphlets measure 5 ½" wide x 8" long.
This pamphlet gives the history of the carrier and it's vital statistics. The Bennington was commissioned on August 6, 1944, and saw action at the end of WWII serving in the Third and Fifth Fleets and participated in raids on Tokyo and Okinawa. In May of 1954 after making a cruise to Norfolk Virginia she was returning to Quonset Point, Rhode Island, on May 26, 1954, when violent explosions rocked the Bennington killing 103 Officers and enlisted men. A message from the Captain--"To all who set foot on the decks of this modern naval warship, the Captain, Officers and the entire crew wish to extend a sincere welcome aboard". "We hope your visit will be a pleasant and profitable one and through you will obtain a better understanding of the working of the giant floating airstrips which form such important parts of our nation's line of defense."
**Condition: Both Pamphlets are in good condition inside and out. On No. 1 there is residue from tape at the top and bottom left corners and minor crease marks at three of the other corners. On No. 2 there are minor crease marks at the folded edge and the right edges. There are no tears on either of the pamphlets and they are pretty clean.
If you or someone you know served as a Commissioned Officer or were a member of the crew on July 21st and 22nd, 1956, during the Open House, these small pamphlets may bring back some great memories. A great gift for your dad or a grandparent that served aboard The U.S.S. Bennington CVA-20 Aircraft Carrier.
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