After failed attempts to save the USS America CVA/CV66 and then further attempts to have a new Carrier named America, the CVA had changed course and was able to put the name AMERICA back to sea. The LHA6 America, Christened in October of 2012 and having just finished her first builder’s trails, will be commissioned in late Aug. early Sept. of 2014.
Our former shipmate and life member of the CVA William Schmidt is the Social Media Manager
Commissioning Committee for USS America - LHA 6. He has asked the CVA for its support in making this commissioning become a reality.
Dear USS America Shipmates:
I served aboard USS America from 1967 - 1969 in the Medical Department's H Division. Most of my time during the Vietnam deployment was spent as Medical Night Master at Arms. I may have even sutured a few of you who had the misfortune of walking into an aircraft wing, fallen down a ladder or had a rough night out on liberty. I left USS America as an HM 2 at age 20 about 5 months after we returned from Vietnam. My Navy training and experience aboard America was a solid foundation for the rest of my life.
With that introduction, I'd like to ask you a favor. If you loved our "America" as much as I did, would you please visit and "Like" the Facebook Page "Commissioning USS America - LHA 6". This is the official Facebook Page that I created and maintain for the USS America’s Commissioning Committee. Once there, please follow the link to the official Commissioning Committee Web Page and sign up for updates. Would you also please consider contributing to this cause? I plan on being there for the commissioning ceremony in September 2014. I hope to see you there too, as the name “USS America” returns to duty on the seas.
William H Schmidt
Social Media Manager
Commissioning Committee for USS America - LHA 6
Past Commander - New York Commandery
Vice Commander General - Commandery Support
Naval Order of the United States