Wednesday, August 6, 2008

USS Juneau Memorial

Update: URLs checked and updated. 4/1/15

Question: The USS Juneau was hit by two Japanese long lance torpedoes on Friday on 11/13/42, one at 2:00 AM and a second one 10 hours later, completely destroying the ship. The 150 survivors out of a crew of 700 were left for eight days in shark infested waters. In the end, all but 10 of her crew were lost, including the five Sullivan Brothers. Does Juneau, Alaska have a memorial to the USS Juneau?


Answer: The City and Borough of Juneau dedicated a memorial plaque to the USS Juneau on July 5, 1987. It is located on the cruise ship dock in downtown Juneau and is # 19 on the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau map found online at http://www.traveljuneau.com/downloads/map_downtown_big.jpg.

If you are looking for more information on the naval ship, the Alaska State Library has books, videos and vertical files with news clippings. You can contact the Alaska State Library at (907) 465-2920 or asl@alaska.gov. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum has a vertical file with information on each of the three of the ships bearing the name USS Juneau, including news clippings, photographs, personal narratives, log books, and dedications. The museum contact information can be found at http://www.juneau.org/library/museum/contact.php.

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