Now a National Historic Landmark, the USS Intrepid was one of the most successful and stalwart ships in United States history.
Commissioned in 1943 to serve in the Pacific during World War II, the Intrepid survived five kamikaze attacks and a torpedo strike.
Its many reincarnations included being an attack carrier and antisubmarine carrier in the ’50s before it was recommissioned during the Cold War to conduct submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic. It also served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War.
The Intrepid even served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s during the Mercury and Gemini missions, and retrieved astronauts Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom and John Young after their orbits and splashdowns in the Pacific.
Decommissioned in 1974, the Intrepid is now the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River in New York City.
Aug. 16 is the 75th anniversary of the ship's commissioning. To mark the occasion, the museum is holding a "homecoming weekend" celebration Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 16-19.
Organizers put out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited at a 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration.
The museum is also looking for donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.
The museum, which welcomes about 1 million visitors each year, tells the stories of the Intrepid, as well as the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the guided-missile submarine Growler, and the British Airways Concorde, which broke the record for the fastest Atlantic Ocean Crossing in 1996.
The homecoming weekend will feature an anniversary ceremony honoring former Intrepid crew members, who will share stories of their tours of duty.
Throughout the weekend, the museum will offer guided tours of the ship and behind-the-scenes, curator-led tours of the museum’s collection storage facility, according to a press release. A dinner for former crew members will include U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.
More than 280 former crew members so far have confirmed their attendance, organizers said. For some, it will be the first time they have been aboard the ship since the completion of their service.
Open to the public, the celebration will include programs tailed to the crew members and opportunities for members of the public to interact with them.