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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The U.S.S. "Utah" ~ Another Story of School Children's and School's Participation in war projects as remembered by Ellice McClenahan Carter

The U.S.S. "Utah" , a dreadnought type vessel, was launched at Camden New Jersey, December 23, 1911.  The people of Utah wished to present a suitable silver service, and a letter was sent to various school superintendents of the state inviting them to cooperate in securing subscriptions from the school children. These contributions were not  to exceed 25 cents per child, and $2,277.42 was contributed.

The 129 piece silver service was presented by Governor Spry aboard the vessel at the New York Navy yard, November 5, 1911.

When the ship was decommissioned the service was returned to Utah and is now on display in our state capital.

The U.S.S. "Utah" was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

(see links below)
http://history.utah.gov/experience_history/glimpses/ussutahsilver.html
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705393909/100-years-after-presentation-silver-service-to-the-USS-Utah-on-display.html

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