“They fired the first harpoon at her yesterday and today EOD set off bombs. It only took an hour but she’s been taking hits all yesterday from the other ships….she just wouldn’t sink.”
..She wasn’t designed to sink. She was designed to fight, to stay afloat, and carry her crew through the perils of enemy hostilities. How confusing the last moments must have been for this great lady to have the guns of those she held so dear fire the fatal blows that would carry her to the depths of darkness. May she rest in peace, and may all those who served upon her feel her presence with each misty spray of ocean breeze.
Farewell USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3).
I’m sorry we’re so late in our farewell, brave lady.
Adieu, peaceful dreams and our thanks.