“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
River Vale in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

USS Enterprise (CV-6) Stern Plate

USS Enterprise (CV-6) Stern Plate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 6, 2010
1. USS Enterprise (CV-6) Stern Plate Marker
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Stern Plate
Mr. Henry Hoffman, the engineer responsible for the dismantling of the Enterprise between 1958 and 1960, had the foresight to recognize the historical significance of the Aircraft Carrierís stern plate. In 1959 he donated this sacred artifact to the Township of River Vale for all to view at Hoffman Field where it remained until July 2000 when it was moved to the Veteranís Memorial Park.
Enterprise was commissioned in 1938 with the words, “May she also say with pride: I have done the State some service.” During World War II her planes and guns claimed 911 enemy aircraft, 71 ships sunk and 192 damaged. At the end of the war she had earned 20 Battle Stars, the first Presidential Unit Citation awarded to any ship, and the Navy Unit Commendation. Her distinction was further documented in 1945 when the British First Lord of the Admiralty presented to her an Admiralty pennant, the only foreign ship to be so honored since 1588. As the most decorated ship of World War II, her service changed the very course of a war for which she was expressly created.
The citizens of River Vale recognize that the stern plate of this mighty warship represents the many generations of Americans whose values, courage and sacrifices have kept our country strong and free.
River Vale Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 6, 2010
2. River Vale Memorial Park
The marker is to the right of the Enterprise stern plate.
9 December 2000

Erected 2009.
Location. 41° 0.506′ N, 74° 0.566′ W. Marker is in River Vale, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker can be reached from Rivervale Road. Touch for map. The marker is in the River Vale Veterans Park on the grounds of the River Vale Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 Rivervale Road, Westwood NJ 07675, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Honor Of USS Enterprise (CV-6) (here, next to this marker); Baylor Massacre Millstone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gravesite (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Night of “Savage Cruelty” (approx. 0.3 miles away); “The Baylor Massacre” (approx. 0.3 miles away); The British General (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Third Continental Light Dragoons (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Price of Freedom: A Patriotís Grave (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in River Vale.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
USS Enterprise (CV-6) Stern Plate image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 6, 2010
3. USS Enterprise (CV-6) Stern Plate
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Last updated on February 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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