Thursday, June 07, 2007

 

USS Intrepid arrives for interior renovation

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The Buffalo News
June 07, 2006





NEW YORK — A glistening USS Intrepid, fresh from a full-body makeover, arrived in style Wednesday at Staten Island to the cheers, hoots and hollers of former crew members and World War II veterans.

“It’s like running into an old girlfriend who had a face-lift,” said 82-year-old Ray Stone, a former Navy radar man who served on board the Intrepid from 1943 to 1945.

Stone was among about 400 people who attended the arrival and a wreath-laying ceremony on the 63rd anniversary of DDay, one of the most momentous events of World War II.

“I feel so humbled to be in the presence of World War II veterans and all our veterans,” said Bill White, president of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. “We will never forget their sacrifices.”

The 912-foot-long aircraft carrier-turned-museum was towed stern-first into the Staten Island Homeport to begin the last leg of its two-year renovation, an 18-month interior refurbishment.


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