Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
Sailors and Marines returning to the ship the night of May 31 encountered heavy seas caused by high winds. A boat carrying over 90 men to the ship was swamped and sunk.
Thirty dedicated USS Kearsarge Sailors and Marines drowned in the waters within sight of their ship and the Naval Station, never to sail again.
This plaque is dedicated in their memory by C. Lloyd Johnson
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 31, 1798.
Location. 36° 50.918′ N, 76° 17.663′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Brooke Avenue and Harbour Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Newport News CA-148 (here, next to this marker); The Pentagon (here, next to this marker); USS Belknap (CG 26) (here, next to this marker); USS Iowa (BB-61) (here, next to this marker); USS Cole (DDG 67) (here, next to this marker); USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (here, next to this marker); USS Scorpion (SSN-589) (here, next to this marker); USS Liberty AGTR-5 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
Also see . . . USS Kearsarge (CV-33). [Wikipedia] USS Kearsarge (CV/CVA/CVS-33) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers completed during or shortly after World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the third US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for a Civil War-era steam sloop. Kearsarge was commissioned in March 1946. Modernized in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), she served in the Korean War, for which she earned two battle stars. In the late 1950s she was further modified to become an anti-submarine carrier (CVS). Kearsarge was the recovery ship for the last two manned Project Mercury space missions in 1962-1963. She completed her career serving in the Vietnam War, earning five battle stars. (Submitted on October 17, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on May 27, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.