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USS SHIELDS CHRISTENING CEREMONY

December 4, 1944 - Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington

USSShields_at_sea.jpg (154829 bytes)The USS Shields, Fletcher Class Destroyer, built by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremeton, Washington, named for USN Naval hero, Thomas Shields, Purser of the Port of new Orleans, War of 1812. USSShields_Thos.jpg (156171 bytes)Photograph of a miniature portrait of Thomas Shields thought to have been painted about the time of his marriage to Ellen Ker.

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USSShields_Ellen_Ker.jpg (135698 bytes)Photograph of a miniature portrait of Ellen Blanchard Ker thought to have been painted about the time of her marriage to Thomas Shields USSShields_christng_guests.jpg (148623 bytes)Standing in front of the bow of the ship are Left to right: Bertine Beal, Fay Francis Beal (friends of Lt. Margaret Farr.), Agnes (Marshall) Ward (cousin to Lt. Farr), First Lieutenant Margaret Graham (Shields) Farr, her brother, Devereux Shields and his daughter, Julia Ann Dunbar Shields.

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USSShields_christng_Julia_LtFarr.jpg (142192 bytes)Standing in front of the bow of the ship are Julia Ann Dunbar Shields (age 8) and her Aunt, First Lieutenant Margaret Graham (Shields) Farr Agnes and cousinStanding in front of the bow of the ship are Agnes (Marshall) Ward and her cousin, First Lieutenant Margaret Graham (Shields) Farr.

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Christening the USS Shields with champagneAgnes (Marshall) Ward holding flowers, First Lieutenant Margaret Graham (Shields) Farr holding champagne bottle she will use to Christen the Destroyer. Successful contact!First Lieutenant Margaret Graham (Shields) Farr breaking the champagne bottle across the bow of the USS Shields officially christening the Destroyer. The first Army officer to christen a Naval Ship.

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Time to eat cake!Lieutenant Commander George B. Madden USN and First Lieutenant Margaret Graham (Shields) Farr, AUS, WAC, cutting the cake at the reception following the christening of the USS Shields

 

WARD ROOM PAINTING OF USS SHIELDS
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Ward Room Painting of USS Shields

OLD INFAMOUS
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MISCELLANEOUS PICTURES OF THE USS SHIELDS
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