Former crew members of the USS Intrepid are being called back to the ship for its 75th anniversary this August.
The Intrepid was commissioned on Aug. 16, 1943, marking this year as its 75th anniversary. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan is releasing a nationwide “all call” for former members of the ship to reunite for a celebration from Aug. 16 to Aug. 19.
The homecoming celebratory weekend will honor Intrepid former crew members who will share stories of their experiences on duty. For some, this will be the first time they have stepped aboard their beloved ship since the conclusion of their service years ago.
“Generations of Intrepid crew members and their families will reunite to celebrate our years of service”, said a former crew member.
Nicknamed “The Fighting I” by its crew, the Intrepid served in the Pacific during World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The aircraft carrier later conducted submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War and served three tours of duty off Vietnam.
Throughout the weekend, the museum will offer guided tours of the ship and behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's collection storage facility, and a special former crew member dinner event with the United States Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer.
The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.