USS Beatty - Thursday, September 10, 2015

The American Treasure Tour has had many wonderful groups visit us over the years, and today we had a group of veterans come through and experience our collection.  We were very happy to have former sailors and their families who served on the U.S.S. Beatty.  In honor of them, we would like to share a little about the story of their ship, an Allen M. Sumner-class Destroyer (DD-756) that was launched in 1944 from the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard in Staten Island.  It was named after another Beatty that had been sunk the year before (a Gleaves-class Destroyer, DD-640) in the year before in the waters near Bangor, Northern Ireland.

She reported for duty on June 22nd as a training ship, seeing no conflict in the last few weeks of World War II, but saw active service soon enough in the waters of Korea, participating in shore bombardments at Wonsan, among others.  The ship was decommissioned in 1972 and scrapped in 1981, having won two battle stars for her service during Korea.  The ship itself, however you look at it, was ultimately nothing more than an effective war machine.  It was the people on board the ship, the crewmen and officers, who made the Beatty special, and we would like to thank them for their service.
QUESTION:  After a ship has been named, who is the person most eligible to christen it at its launch?
A)  The officer with the highest rank
B)  The wife of the highest-ranking officer
C)  The eldest female relative of the person after whom the ship is named
D)  The eldest male relative of the person after whom the ship is named

GUNSMOKE.  Today, we celebrate the debut on CBS television of the exceptionally popular western Gunsmoke.  The year was 1955 and, at the time, it was only the second western after The Lone Ranger on television that targeted adult audiences.  They did something right, though, since the show lasted twenty seasons - the longest run for any fictional network program until the animated show The Simpsons broke their record.  You go, Matt Dillon! 

ON THE ROAD.  Born today in 1934, Charles Kuralt died at the far-too-early age of 62, but he definitely made an impact on the love Americans have of travel with his television segments On the Road, part of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.  For fifteen years, he showed people what made America great, interviewing people around the country and showing off the beauty of the nation and the goodness of its people.  I guess you could say today, we celebrate American veterans and some good programming on CBS!

ANSWER:  C)  The eldest female relative of the person after whom the ship is named