USS Helena - Helena, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CerealBoxMonsters
N 46° 35.095 W 112° 02.442
12T E 420269 N 5159565
"Anchor Park" is a memorial to US Navy vessels that have bore the name Helena. There is a screw, an anchor and deck bell.
Waymark Code: WM7PNY
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 11/18/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member JIMBOBWE
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USS Helena FG-9 (1896-1932)
- The first ship named after the capital city was the gunboat "Helena". It saw action in Cuban waters during the Spanish-American War and later joined the Asiatic squadron for the Phillipine Insurrection and was part of the Yangtze and South China patroes.

USS Helena CL50 (1939-1943)
- The war record of this "Helena" has no equal. Damaged at Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec, 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 165 of her crew. Her survivors call her "the fighting ship that went is harm's way."

USS Helena CA-75 (1945-1972)
- The heavy crusier "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 US Pacific Fleet and Seventh Fleet. She became flagship First Fleet in 1961. Until her retirement in 1972, her crew gave financial assistance to crippled children in Helena.

USS Helena SSN 725 (1987 - )
- Our newest "Helena" was built at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, CT in 1986 and commissioned as a member of the Los Angeles class of "Fast Action" nuclear submarine in 1987. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet she serves as a potent part of America's defense capability. She carries Helena's "Firetower" on her coat of arms "Guardian of the Free World".
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