Oklahoma City plaque to adorn USS Blue Ridge

OK City placque to adorn USS Blue Ridge

As previously announced, a plaque from USS OKLAHOMA CITY CLG/CG-5 is being presented to USS BLUE RIDGE LCC-19 in Yokosuka, Japan. This event has been confirmed for 0900 hrs. on Wednesday 17 April @ Berth-9 in Yokosuka.

Executive Officer, LCDR Brian A. Ribota of USS BLUE RIDGE will be Master of Ceremonies and Capt. Chuck Hewell USNR (ret.) will be making the presentation and keynote address. Capt. Hewell was a LTjg onboard the CG-5 when decommissioned in 1979 and the last “A” Gang Division Officer. He was also OIC when the ship was moved to her first mothball berth in Bremerton, WA and has many interesting stories about her de-commissioning and re-location to Bremerton. For those of you that attended the dedication of the CLG/CG-5 plaque in Fredericksburg, Texas several years ago, Capt, Hewell made that presentation as well.

J.J. Marold of Yokosuka has been working on this project for nearly two years. J.J. and his committee worked on the design of the plaque and had it made by a local Yokosuka merchant (see attached photo). J.J. was an ETC in CE-Div. onboard the CG-5 circa 1975-78. He is retired from the Navy and has worked @ SRF Yokosuka since then.

Jim & Shigeko Hall of York, PA will also be in attendance. Jim was a RM1 on board the CG-5 in 1979 and “crossed-decks” to “BIG BLUE” w/COMSEVENTHFLEET.

If anyone else is interested in going to Japan for this event, many international flights are available into Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) Airport. Easy train connections can be made from the airport to Yokosuka JR Station, just a few short blocks from the main gate @ Yokosuka Naval Station. Although hotel reservations can be difficult due to the number of ships in-port, Mercure (Mercury) Hotel and Hotel Harbor Yokosuka are located close to the location of the old Club Alliance near Shioiri (Keikyu Main Line) Station. Hotel New Yokosuka is also located in Honcho just a couple of blocks from the main gate. Many accommodations are also available in Yokohama and Tokyo.

USS Oklahoma City Association fleet broadcast courtesy of Association Historian T.C. Lamson, RM3 68-70.

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