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two hits which killed one man but caused no disabling damage. After repairs, she
proceeded to the Mediterranean for the invasion of Southern France.
TEXAS left Europe, the need for battleships there having come to an end, and
after repairs steamed to the Pacific to fight the Japanese. She arrived there just in
time to prepare for the invasion of Iwo Jima. There, she blasted the enemy installa-
tions with every round of ammunition allotted to her. She was present at the famous
flag-raising at Mount Suribachi. l
After a brief rest, TEXAS participated in the invasion of Gkinawa, where she fired
four complete shiploads of ammunition in support of ground operations. Her crew set
a near record by remaining a their battle stations for a period of 50 days, sleeping at
their posts and eating at odd hours, thus sunfiving one of the toughest naval opera-
tions in history.
Following the war, TEXAS was decommissioned and moved to San Jacinto
Battlegrounds, Texas, for a well deserved rest. She remains there today as a memo-
Proud Purpose I!!
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War. Beginning in IVlay 1898, TEXAS was on constant blockade patrol between San-
tiago and Guantanamo Bay. In July of that year, TEXAS was involved in the battle in
which the entire Spanish Fleet was either captured or destroyed at Santiago.
From 1908 until 1911, TEXAS senfed as station ship at Charleston. Among those
assigned quarters on the battleship was future Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. ln
1911 she was decommissioned and renamed SAN MARCOS. Sometime later she
was sunk as a target for gunfire practice.
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding, the fourth TEXAS fthe second battleship USS
TEXASJ was commissioned in 1914. Her twin-gunned 14-inch turrets were of the lat-
est design, and she had what was reputed to be the largest and most efficient set of
reciprocating main engines afloat. ln her speed trials she made her designed speed
of 21 knots, and her gunnery scores laid the foundation for her reputation as one of
the finest gunnery ships in the Navy. A
During World War l she senfed in European waters and was present at the surren-
der of the German Imperial High Seas Fleet.
On the fateful day of December 7, 1941, TEXAS was in Portland, Maine. Shortly
thereafter she began sewing as an escort for convoys to Europe. These escort duties
extended through 1942 and 1943, and in April of 1944 she was ordered to remain in
the European theater to prepare for the Invasion of Normandy.
On June 25, 1944, she was struck by enemy fire for thefirst time in her 30-year
career. During a three hour dual with the German guns at Cherbourg, TEXAS took
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USS CHANCELLORSVILLE CCG-625 USS TEXAS CCGN-395
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USS STEIN QFF-10655 USS HAROLD E. HOLT CFF-10745
USS RENTZ QFFG-463 13
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