Why Did USS Intrepid Play An Important Role In World War II?

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Since the attack on December 7, 1941, to the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor by Japanese planes, it forced the U.S. to take action. In this attack more than 2,300 people were killed. The well prepared Pearl Harbor base was surprised, and this action by the Japanese’s pushed the United States into World War II. In some ways, WWII helped the U.S. to end the Great Depression that produced lots unemployment and it made many people to lost their property and become homeless. The USS Intrepid, which was one 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during War World II for the United States navy, served in the U.S Navy and played an important role in WWII, Cold War, The Space Race and Vietnam War. Before joining WWII, the Intrepid survived five…show more content…
During the 1950s and 1960s, Intrepid made numerous Mediterranean cruises. Intrepid showed support to American allies by participating in military exercises, and by 1962, Intrepid was reclassified as an anti-submarine warfare carrier with a new mission of tracking Soviet submarines. Intrepid also served as a primary recovery vessel for the Mercury-Atlas 7 space mission on May 24, 1962 where intrepid’s helicopters picked up astronaut Scott Carpenter. On March 23, 1965, intrepid helicopters recovered Gemini 3 astronauts John Young and Virgil “Gus” Grissom and their space capsule. Intrepid was also deployed to Vietnam and was converted to a special attack carrier in 1966. Intrepid served three tours of duty from 1966 to 1969, and aviators from the ship bombed specific targets in North and South Vietnam as part of Operation Rolling Thunder. On the same years, intrepid aviators attacked a range of targets, and intrepid pilots scored two shoot-downs of North Vietnamese aircraft. During 1966, three pilots became prisoners of war, and other twenty-one men lost their life in combat or in operational accidents. In 1970, it was expected that intrepid was on its final days of service. During this time intrepid returned to the role of anti-submarine warfare, tracking Soviet Submarines in the North…show more content…
The ship opened as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in 1982, and Intrepid was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. After the World Trade Center attacks, intrepid was made the temporary emergency headquarters for the FBI. In 2005, intrepid received approximately 10 million of visitors. The museum has a partnership with the department of education resulting in the visit of more than 150.00 children each year. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an educational and cultural nonprofit institution centered to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service in order to honor heroes. The political significance of intrepid has change from being a battleship to be more like a tourist ship. The government does not need it anymore to defend the nation; therefore, its importance is not so much. Government sees intrepid as a warship that did its job and helped in its times of service. Intrepid is now located in the on 46 street, in the west side of

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