To: Snickering Hound
Its what happened to the Oregon.
Oregon was scrapped under completely different circumstances, as part of a scrap-metal drive in a misguided and myopic fit of patriotism following Pearl Harbor.
The loss of Olympia would be a tragedy roughly equivalent to the scrapping of the USS Enterprise (CV-6) in the late 1950s. While Olympia may not be Enterprise, or Constitution, she represents more than anything else (at least anything that will be accessible to the average American until after the Castro brothers die) a singular moment in US history that defined us as a nation.
The thing that makes me want to p*ke is that saving Olympia would cost a frikkin' percent of a percent of a fraction of a percent of how much this country has gone into DEBT over the past year in "stimulus" money. Especially considering the US taxpayer money that's gone into restoring the NS Savannah over the last year. There's more than enough available to completely restore her and display her properly under the auspices of the US Navy.
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