Ah, but then I realized I couldn't swim and so gave up notions of military service and refrains of Anchors Aweigh. Still, these are good memories. I always knew it was more than glamorous movies and flag waving. Enough war veterans were in my family to remind me. I appreciated the cost, and knew war was not a game. Still, the courage, the resolve, the grit of that generation inspired me, and nothing exemplified it more than seeing photographs of the US fleet, filled with ships that stretched to the horizon. All American made. At the pinnacle of America's awareness of its role in the world. Just like the USS Iowa, it will be missed.
|Goodbye Iowa, and thank you|