USS ARKANSAS ANCHOR

The monument next to the anchor tells the whole story, so I'll just quote that. Here goes.

"This is the 16,000 pound anchor off the bow of the nuclear powered missile cruiser USS Arkansas. CGN - 41. This anchor was placed here in grateful memory of those who served aboard her. Four ships of the United States Navy and One of the Confederate States Navy have borne the name Arkansas. The first USS Arkansas was a wooden hulled barkentine-rigged steamer in the American Civil War. The second, BM-7, was a single-turreted monitor. The 3rd USS Arkansas, BB-33, a Wyoming-Class Battleship, saw action in the Mexican-American War, WWI and WWII including combat action against the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. CGN-41 was 586 feet long, 63 feet at the beam and displaced 1600 tons. She was powered by two nuclear power plants. Her crew was 45 officers and 540 enlisted. The ship was armed with antiaircraft and tomahawk cruise missiles. It participated in Desert Storm in 1991. She was launched in 1978 and decommissioned in 1998. After she was decommissioned Craighead County Judge Dale Haas requested that Governor Mike Huckabee assist in securng the anchor from the Arkansas for display as part of our veterans monument."

"This plaque was donated by Paragould Monument Co."

The monument doesn't mention the Battleship Arkansas' participation in the Normandy Invasion, but there's only so much space on the monument. Find this monument and the anchor of the USS Arkansas on the grounds of the Craighead County Courthouse at Washington and Main in Jonesboro.

RTJ--4/2/2010


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