I'd like to take advantage of the day to say a few words about my favorite ship, the USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Enterprise was launched in 1936. On 12/7/41 it was sailing from Wake Island to Pearl but was delayed becuse of bad weather. As a result the Enterprise missed the attack and what might have been her destruction.
During the early months of WW2 the Enterprise and a few other carriers were all that protected the United States from Japan. At one point it was the only US carrier in service.
On June 4,1942, the Enterprise along with the Yorktown and the Hornet, defeated the Japanese at the battle of Midway, the turning point of WW2.
The Big E, went on to particip[ate in nearly every major naval battle of the war in the Pacific, including the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, as well as participating in the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo.
The Enterprise has the distinction of earning 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II, and was clearly the most important and most centrally-involved of all of them as well. Many historians have even labelled her the most glorious and honored ship in all of United States Naval history. She was the only ship outside outside of the British Royal Navy to earn the highest award of the British Admiralty Pennant.
Despite taking several direct Kamikaze hits, the Enterprise survived the war. Unfortunatly, because no one could get it together to save her, the Enterprise was scrapped in May,1960. Her bell was saved at the Naval Academy and is rung after every victory over West Point. Her one-ton nameplate from her stern is preserved in a nice little park in River Vale, New Jersy.