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Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas
by Ray Hanley and Steven Hanley
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-935106-79-1 | Paper: 978-1-935106-78-4
Library of Congress Classification VA65.A79H36 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 359.8352

While little has been written about the USS Arkansas, this battleship carried the state’s name through two world wars, a Mexican invasion, and into the atomic age. The USS Arkansas, measuring almost the length of two football fields, went to sea in 1911 and sailed the world until 1946 when it served as a target for the atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific. In between, the ship participated in the invasion of Vera Cruz, Mexico; served in World War I; helped Arkansas get an official flag; and assisted in the World War II battles at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Highlighting the narrative with previously unpublished photos, the authors tell the facinating story of the ship and its men by referencing handwritten journals penciled in the midst of service and combat.
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