Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
(Six bronze plaques are mounted on this marker:)
The first ship named after the state capital city was the gunboat "Helena." She saw action in Cuban waters during the Spanish-American War and later joined the Asiatic Squadron for the Philipine (sic) Insurrection and was part of the Yangtze and South China patrols.
U.S.S. Helena CL50
The war record of this "Helena" has no equal. Damaged at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 she sailed again to action at Guadalcanal, Savo island, and Cape Esperance where she sank a Japanese Cruiser and a destroyer. She was lost in Kula Gulf in 1943 with 168 of her crew. Her surviors (sic) call her "the fighting ship that went in harms way."
U.S.S. Helena CA-75 1945-1972
The heavy cruiser "Helena" was purchased by the People of Montana with "War Bonds" in 1944. She saw distinguished service in European and Chinese waters and combat service in Korea. During this time Helena served as flagship U.S. Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet. She became Flagship First Fleet in 1972.
U.S.S. Helena SSN-725
Our newest "Helena" was built at the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut in 1986 and commissioned as a member of the Los Angeles Class of "fast attack" nuclear submarines in 1987. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet she served as a potent part of America's defense capability. She carries Helena's "Firetower" on her coat of arms, "Guardian of the Free World."
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Military • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is July 6, 1943.
Location. 46° 35.091′ N, 112° 2.452′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Memorial can be reached from South Last Chance Gulch near East Broadway Street, on the right when traveling north. This portion of Last Chance Gulch is a pedestrian mall and is closed to vehicular traffic. The display is located in Anchor Park opposite the Lewis and Clark Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 South Last Chance Gulch, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broadwater Resort (within shouting distance of this marker); Uncle Sam's Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); California Wine House (about 400 feet away); The Founding of Helena (about 400 feet Boston Block (about 500 feet away); Dunphy Block (about 500 feet away); Sands Brothers Dry Goods (about 600 feet away); Raleigh and Clarke Dry Goods (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.