Her keel was laid Monday, December 1, 1941. Six days later Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Sixteen months later the U.S.S. Intrepid (CV-11) was launched from the Newport News Shipyard to push back forces of tyranny and hate. In 1944 Intrepid engaged the Japanese battleships Musashi and Yamato near the Philippines. After an all day battle, the Musashi was sunk and Yamato was heavily damaged.
In the 1950’s, after a refit and redesignation as CVA-11 – an attack vessel, Intrepid served in the Mediterranean Sea as a member of the Sixth Fleet defending Europe from further aggression from communist forces. In the 1960’s Intrepid received another refitting and redesignation as CVS-11 – an anti-submarine vessel and served along the eastern US coast between Nova Scotia and the Caribbean. In the latter half of the 1960’s, Intrepid served in Vietnam. In 1970, Intrepid was stationed in Rhode Island until 1974 when it was finally decommissioned and later slated for scrap.
Intrepid was saved by the Intrepid Museum Foundation and the carrier opened as a museum in New York in 1982 and in 1986 was dedicated as a historical site. Even in retirement, Intrepid served her homeland. On September 11, 2001, Intrepid became the rescue command center for the World Trade Center attack site.
In December 2006, Intrepid was moved from her berth in New York for renovation. The renovation project took almost two years and was completed in time for Intrepid to be ready for Veteran’s Day 2008. Today, President George W. Bush attended the Veteran’s Day ceremonies on the Intrepid and received the 2008 Intrepid Freedom Award.
Intrepid stands as a symbol of American freedom and America’s commitment to expanding human freedom and democracy around the world as well as America’s commitment to ending tyranny and terrorism around the world. The men and women of the United States Military are the best at what they do. Those who call them murders and warmongers should be on their knees thanking God for the sacrifice of our military.
The truest definition of character is to continue to do what you think is right in spite of the efforts of idiots who try to stop you. America is a noble nation engaged in a noble cause in Iraq. Our troops are there to make life better for the people of Iraq, just as our troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to give the ungrateful people of France their freedom from the tyranny and hatred of Adolf Hitler.
Only two people in the history of the world have ever placed your life above their own. Jesus Christ for your soul and the American Soldier for your freedom. This article is dedicated to all the men and women who now or ever have served in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Words cannot express the gratitude felt for your service and “thank you” can never be enough for your service and sacrifice.