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Rick Holly

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Would any Marine or Tarawa sailor be interested in possible going to the island of Tarawa to walk the beach and island? Take a small jar of sand where the Marines landed home. WOW. I wonder how difficult it would be to do it. Others have, why not us?

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Works for me.

Picture this: Once we get the USS Tarawa LHA1 from the Navy for our museum. We sail from Hawaii to Southern California via the Island of Tarawa with the survivors of the Battle of Tarawa.

What a history lesson we could get while collecting jars of sand and other memorabilia. How cool would that be!

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I would. ONLY.................if I had the funds.
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sail the tarawa , wow what a awsome trip that would be, but john would know this better than i do,   isnt the fuel tank on that bad boy 1.5 million gallons????  
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sail the tarawa , wow what a awsome trip that would be, but john would know this better than i do,   isnt the fuel tank on that bad boy 1.5 million gallons????  
 

Not sure how many gallons but the capacity I found was:

Fuel: 5,900 tons

Range: 10,000 nm @ 20 knots

Two-marine boilers provide steam to the turbines which drive the twin screw ship, providing 70,000 total shaft horsepower. The boilers are the largest ever installed in U.S. Navy ships; the propulsion plant is highly automated.


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To be able to sail her back to California to become a Museum that would be awesome. I would scrape up airfare to Hawaii.
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You and me both Charlie. Even bring Bonnie and Jo with us to give them a feel for being underway.
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 5,900 ton   =    1,416,566. gallons..

in case you were wondering .. thanks john.
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 5,900 ton   =    1,416,566. gallons..

in case you were wondering .. thanks john.

How much per gallon? 
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Okay, back on the subject of going to Tarawa.

Here is what I found out. You would have to get a flight from your hometown to LA. We then fly from LA to NADI. Next, we take a puddle jumper from NADI to Tarawa.  I believe the  puddle jumper makes the trip twice a week. So, we would be on the island Tarawa around three or four days. There are small hotels on NADI and Tarawa. For me to go there from Dayton, Ohio would cost around $2600. That does not include hotel.

BUT... I think there is a business that takes people to Tarawa! I will do so more research and get back with the information here. It could be a little easier on the wallet. 
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It would be nice to sail her again.  Unfortunately, it will be dead stick - meaning no power to the ship.  Propulsion is provided by Fleet Tugs (or large tugs under contract).   A small generator is on board only to provide navigational lighting for safety.  A small team is onboard just for safety/salvage/scuttling in the event something goes wrong, but there isn't power on the ship.  Most of the equipment has been removed, the rest was deemed unusable/unsalvageable has been abandoned in place.  The boilers have been laid up for possible future use, but most likely have been damaged by "age and non-use" beyond OUR economical means to repair for such a voyage.  Millions of dollars were pumped into the Missouri's engineering plant to bring her back to the Fleet.  But not as much to modernize her Weapons and C4I suite. 

But it is a happy thought, one I'd love to do if the possibility exists.  Having been on the Restoration Team for the USS MIDWAY, I'd love to have a crack at USS TARAWA.  But I would be conflicted - would I restore her to her 1979-1985 Glory - when she was the most technologically advanced ship in the Navy, or to her configuration at decommissioning?  Configuration at decommissioning would be easiest, but it would be very foreign to me. 

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Going to Tarawa to walk the beach and collect sand?  I'll go!  Just give me a few days to walk the entire island and take pictures!
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Going to Tarawa to walk the beach and collect sand?  I'll go!  Just give me a few days to walk the entire island and take pictures!

Let's go after the 2016 reunion in Las Vegas. That will give us time to save up our pennies and do all the homework for the trip.
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That sounds cool, Rick. What a trip it would be, especially if we were able to have a Battle survivor as our tour guide!
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I'm slowly working on it. We'll see if it is a success or a bust.
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We will have to find the location of the Marines taking out this Japanese bunker during the battle.

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BUMP!!!!

I'm still interested in going.  For me, and probably others too, it would be the most humbling experience in our lifetimes. 
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It would be an incredible trip.
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We swung by there in '03 on our way back from the Gulf. Didn't get to go ashore... Only select officers. Still pretty amazing experience being right off the coast.
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