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Mrs. Claud Hammill christens the new USS Houston (CL-81) during launching ceremony, Newport News, Virginia, 1943

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 6, Item: 1

Caption on card: "Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1943-- Mrs. Claude Hammill, of Houston, Texas, smashes a bottle of champagne against the bow of the new cruiser, Houston, as the ship starts down the ways at her launching 19 June 1943 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va. In the picture reading from the extreme left are Senator Tom Connally, of Texas; Governor Coke Stevenson, of Texas; Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce; Mayor Otis Massey, of Houston; Lieutenant Commander Wilson Starbuck, Public Relations Officer of the Fifth Naval District, and (front) Rear Admiral O.L. Cox, Supervisor of Shipbuilding at the Yard."


  • Other: 1943

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