80R4755 jhs-d by: Talton H. R. N

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80R4755 JHS-D
By:  Talton H.R. No. 255


WHEREAS, Among our state's many notable attractions, few have played a more prominent role during times of war than the famed Battleship Texas, which sits moored at the San Jacinto Battleground under the care of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and

WHEREAS, The Battleship Texas Foundation endeavors to raise funds to restore and maintain this historic vessel; made up of retired military personnel, business leaders, and concerned community volunteers, the foundation's board is dedicated to preserving the historical and educational significance of the Battleship Texas through efforts ranging from the popular Youth Overnight Program to the regularly scheduled Hard Hat Tours; and

WHEREAS, Commissioned on March 12, 1914, the "Mighty T" was considered to be the most powerful weapon in the world when it was launched on May 18, 1912; the ship served in both World War I and World War II and saw action off the North African coast near Morocco, at Normandy on D-Day, and at Iwo Jima and Okinawa in the Pacific Theater before being decommissioned on April 21, 1948; suffering only one combat casualty in its many campaigns, the Texas earned the nickname the Lucky Ship; and

WHEREAS, The Battleship Texas was a harbinger of America's rise as an industrialized nation on the verge of becoming a world power; in 1916, it became the first U.S. battleship to mount antiaircraft guns as well as the first to employ directors and range-keepers to control gunfire; other firsts followed, as the Texas became the first U.S. battleship to launch an airplane, in 1919, and the first navy ship to be fitted for commercial radar, in 1939; and

WHEREAS, A National Historic Landmark and the flagship of the Texas Navy, the Battleship Texas is a living memorial to the brave men who served aboard it over the course of more than three decades; even in repose, it continues to play an important role in the lives of Texans and other Americans, and the Battleship Texas Foundation deserves recognition for its ongoing efforts to preserve this vital link to our nation's past; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas Legislature hereby commend the Battleship Texas Foundation for its care and restoration of the Battleship Texas and express appreciation to those individuals and groups who support the foundation in its important work; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the members of the Battleship Texas Foundation as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.

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