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- Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:23 pm
- First Name: Aaron
- Last Name: Martin
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- Special Crew?: Neither
- Rate: Son
My dad had a bell, about 8" or so, with a braided chord on the clapper, that was inscribed on the side with the dolphins and "USS James Madison SSBN627". It hung on our back porch for years; he used to ring it to call us home for dinner on summer evenings.
I think I remember him saying that when the ship was decommissioned, they re-cast some of the hull into these bells for former crew members. It's been a lot of years and I could be mis-remembering what he said. Does that sound familiar to anyone?
Sadly the bell has been lost since his passing. I'd love to replace it, but I wanted to see if I could get more information on it.