The Florida Holocaust Museum is proud to present a public program designed to honor the USS Honolulu veterans. The public event will be Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 2 to 4 pm. The program includes an overview of the history of the USS Honolulu and personal narratives by two veterans who served on the ship. A question and answer session and a dessert reception will follow.
Cost to attend the program is included in the museum admission.
The USS Honolulu was launched August 26, 1937. She was the first vessel of that name in the United States Navy. She was built at the Navy Yard in New York and was placed in commission on June 15, 1938.
During World War II the light cruiser served in Europe and in the Pacific.
The USS Honolulu was moored in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Following the attack by Japanese dive bombers during which she sustained damage, she entered dry-dock to repair under water damage.
Again the USS Honolulu served int he Pacific. Her score card for the eighteen months included one cruiser, four destroyers, four planes and eight bombardments. She was placed out of commission in January of 1947 and was ultimately sold for scrap to Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, Maryland on October 12, 1959.