December 19, 2014

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USS Missouri – Then And Now

USS Missouri 1987

When I was growing up here in Washington state there were certain things we knew of about history and our surrounding area. One of them was that the famous ‘surrender’ ship USS Missouri was berthed here in Bremerton, inside (as it was then known) Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. You could see it from Navy Yard Highway as you came into town, and seeing it, you were impressed by its enormous size.

USS Missouri 1987

USS Missouri – (BB 63) 1987

I have a couple photos we took back in the mid 1980’s when Jim’s dad was here for a visit. He is a WWII veteran (see Low Moor, Iowa Honors WWII Vets ) and was anxious to take the tour of the old battleship. His ship, the Cape Esperance was a Casablanca class escort carrier. As with everyone of his generation, he knew well the name of the USS Missouri.

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Also in our party as we toured the ship was Loren’s daughter Lorrie and her son Brent, as well as our son Greg.  I doubt that the two young boys had as much interest in the ship at the time as their grandfather because they had no point of reference then.

USS New Jersey 1983

USS New Jersey – (BB- 62)

As an added bonus to this post, here is an additional photo, this one of the USS New Jersey as it looked in 1983. If my memory serves, it was stationed in California at the time at Long Beach. This Day in History – July1, 1985 the New Jersey was undergoing upkeep in Long Beach.

Sadly, the Missouri left the Bremerton area for good in 1985, but that wasn’t the last time she would see service in war time. She was reactivated in the early 1990’s to be used in the Gulf War. During one period of use her 16 inch guns fired over 800 projectiles. She was finally decommissioned in March of 1992. Her permanent berth is now adjacent to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The New Jersey is located in Camden, New Jersey

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USN Ships — USS Missouri

USN Ships –USS New Jersey

Original photos in this article are owned by Carol Wilkerson

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How DNA Testing With 23andMe Averted Serious Surgical Complications

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23andmeimage In our circle of friends and family the topic of DNA testing has become almost ubiquitous. Some of us have used more than one service (Ancestry, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, etc.), and we don’t really understand the in-depth results, but I have to tell you about a good outcome that came from having one’s DNA tested for health reasons.

One of my friends recently had a surgical procedure that could have gone terribly wrong had it not been detected in her DNA test results that she was extremely sensitive to certain anesthetics. She was able to impart this information to her surgeon beforehand and her resulting surgery went smoothly. Now, if that isn’t a good reason to have your DNA tested, I don’t know what is! While this post does contain an affiliate link, I think its so important that I’m going to tell you that if you choose not to use my link, please do consider testing with 23andMe.

My husband had tested with them and we are quite pleased to find that this company has been constantly updating targeted health results, as well as more detailed ancestry such as percentage of Asian/Native American blood and whether or not he has Neanderthal in him too (he does, 2.7%).

 

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