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The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here

Shields of the Republic

 
 
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
1. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
Inscription. In World War II more than 700,000 American men and women went to the conflict through the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. Over 900,000 more arrived, including the wounded, survivors of sea battles and prisoners of war.
The U-boat peril reached these waters when a submarine mined the entrance to the Bay in 1942. Eventually, air power and important new tools like radar defeated the menace.
The legacy of the 20th century for Hampton Roads was a more permanent relationship with the Navy. Norfolk became the Navy's capital, and remains so today. The region weathered the storms of the Cold War, like the Cuban missile crisis and Navy ships continued to deploy for a conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and other places.
A tug attempts to save S.S. Tiger (a Tanker), Tiger was torpedoed by the German U-754 just after midnight on April 1, 1942, after she had reduced speed to pick up a pilot before entering Chesapeake Bay. She sank during salvage efforts the next day.
On January 17, 1950 the Battleship USS Missouri went hard aground on Thimble Shoals to the west of here. Her momentum forced her well into the shallows. The efforts of many tugs, dredges and divers finally freed the dreadnaught on February 1.
Convoy GUS 15 arrives in the Bay from Gibraltar in World War II. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bomber aircraft fly overhead.
S.S. Tiger image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
2. S.S. Tiger

 
Erected by Hampton Roads Naval Museum Local History World Events.
 
Location. 36° 57.983′ N, 76° 6.773′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to Admiral de Grasse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Adam Thorowgood (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia Beach.
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsWaterways & Vessels
 
USS Missouri image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
3. USS Missouri
Convoy GUS image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
4. Convoy GUS
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 16, 2010
5. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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