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Construction 1974 Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 40, Size: 81.20 KB
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Launching 1974 Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 43, Size: 64.22 KB
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Sea Trials 1975 Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 40, Size: 57.49 KB
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Delivery 1976 Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 42, Size: 67.96 KB
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The Ending Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 41, Size: 56.14 KB
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Let's Hope Not Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpg, Views: 41, Size: 33.11 KB
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uva7
nice series of pics rick.  and lets all hope we never have one of her in a sinkex...
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Keith Brownmiller
Uva7, the only way to ensure that a sinkex never happens is to ensure we get control of the Tarawa and make her the first amphibious museum! Check out Facebook for more detail.
The Gunny
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Ray Jones
Wish I could do more other than pray.
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John Green
Fantasy - The USS Tarawa (LHA-1) becomes a museum.

Reality - The USS Tarawa (LHA-1) becomes a statistic.
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Keith Brownmiller
John, oh yea of little faith.

The way I see it is this: during the Korean War, Chesty Puller (a highly decorated Marine hero (5 Navy Crosses among other awards)) was a Bn Commander if memory serves, became surrounded by North Koreans and Chinese, instead of surrendering as some Army units did, fought their way out. His famous statement from that battle was: We know exactly where the enemy is! The N Koreans figured once surrounded he would quit the fight, but they were wrong.

The lesson is that we Marines don't quit, giveup or otherwise give in no matter how difficult the battle or challenge.
The Gunny
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Keith Brownmiller
Same for a Navy Vice Admiral during D-Day, as the battle faltered, he pushed his Destroyers, full steam ahead to bombard the coastline while the invasion was in progress, thus ensuring a successful invasion.
The Gunny
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John Green
Faith does not control actions. People control actions...................
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