In 1935, the Philadelphia Navy Yard began construction on a 9,000-ton heavy cruiser, completed and launched in 1937. The U.S. Navy commissioned the ship on February 16, 1939, as the U.S.S. Wichita, under command of Captain Thaddeus A. Thomson. The ship's first major military responsibility was to patrol the Caribbean out of Guantanamo Bay, and over the course of World War II, she traveled to the Netherlands, Uruguay, Brazil, Iceland, Russia, North Africa, the Phillipines, Okinawa, and many other places to assist in war efforts. The ship was decommissioned in 1947 and scrapped in 1959.
At the end of World War II, a book entitled 300,000 Miles to Victory: U.S.S. Wichita was published as a souvenir for the crew members. There were only a few hundred copies produced, and recently many surviving crew members and their families have expressed an interest in the hard-to-find book. The Wichita Public Library owns two copies of the book. In an effort to share this unique item with as many people as possible, the Library collaborated with volunteers Dennis and Elizabeth Kennedy to digitize the book and make it available through our website.
To view the files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. The digital images make very large files (about 12 MB) - load times may be long. There is an index of crew photos available.
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300,000 Miles to Victory: U.S.S. Wichita
The exact place of publication and the name of the publishing company, as well as any current copyright information for this book, are unknown. If you know more about the book's publishing history or copyright, please contact the Wichita Public Library.
Last update: 10/27/2014