78th Anniversary of USS IOWA Commissioning

78 years ago today, USS IOWA (BB-61) was commissioned. From our official timeline:

February 22 (1943) – IOWA Commissioned (on Washington’s birthday) at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY. Per the February 22, 1946 Iowan newspaper – “The commissioning ceremony began shortly before noon when the prospective Executive Officer signaled attention. Captain H.V. McKittrick, Captain of the Yard, read his orders to place the ship in commission. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox and Rear Admiral E.J. Marquardt, Commandant of the Navy Yard and Third Naval District, approved Capt. McKittrick’s request to proceed with the commissioning and LCDR G.A. Rooso (Chc), Chaplain of the IOWA, read the invocation. Reading of the orders followed, the ensign was raised, Capt. McCrea assumed command, and the watch was set. Short, stirring addresses were made by Secretary Knox, RADM Marquardt, Governor B.B. Hickenlooper of Iowa, who headed a delegation of ‘hawk-eyes’ at the ceremony, and Capt. McCrea.” The article was quoted directly from the commissioning paper, The Iowan Hawk-Eye, Vol 1, No. 1.

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