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Veterans of USS Curtiss Visit Los Alamos

on September 5, 2014 - 3:35pm
Veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss during a tour Thursday of the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Archive photo of the USS Curtiss. Courtesy/LANL
 
STAFF REPORT

Some 25 WWII veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss paid a special visit Thursday to Los Alamos. 

Members of the American Legion Riders escorted the group during their visit. Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr presented a talk to the group at the Bradbury Science Museum on the Lab’s history and impact on the world.

"We were privileged and honored to have lunch with them, hear their stories, and escort them through and out of town," said Ken Nadeau of the American Legion Riders.

About 50 veterans who work at LANL were waiting in the parking lot for the group to arrive for lunch at the Otowi Cafeteria and cheered and applauded as they stepped off their bus,  LANL Veterans Committee Chair James L. Nesmith said. Each of the USS Curtiss veterans, spouses and widows were accompanied into the cafeteria by a LANL veteran who assisted them in getting their meal and helping them to the seating area.

Nesmith recounted that the USS Curtiss, a seaplane tender, was commissioned Nov. 15, 1940 and was in Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, where she was hit twice. Quickly repaired, she had an illustrious record through the rest of World War II. She was again hit by kamikaze attack June 21, 1945. Again quickly repaired, the USS Curtiss became the communications center for the fleet that supported the Enola Gay. 

In 1948, the USS Curtiss carried some of the nuclear weapons that were tested in Operation Sandstone at Eniwetok Atoll. In 1951, she was the flagship for Operation Greenhouse and was the base for civilian and military technicians during  the tests at Eniwetok. She also was the flagship for Operation Ivy in 1952 where the first hydrogen bomb was detonated. And in 1954, the USS Curtiss participated in Operation Castle and in 1956, took part in Operation Redwing. She was later involved in and supported scientific expeditions in and around McMurdo Sound, Antartica.

The USS Curtiss was decommissioned Sept. 24, 1957.

Members of Chapter 19 (Tigger, Swede, Smoker, Thing, WOF, Angel and Lucky) participated in the escort Thursday of a group of veterans through Los Alamos.
Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

Veterans, spouses and widows of veterans of the USS Curtiss during a tour Thursday of the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.comPhoto by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Renewing old friendships. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

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