Battlefield Namesake

Battlefield Namesake (HM7WI)

Location: Keedysville, MD 21756 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 28.457', W 77° 44.715'

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One of the most unique ways that the Battle of Antietam has been commemorated is the naming of U.S. Navy ships after the battle. Ships have been named for Gettysburg, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and there have been at least three ships named Antietam.

This ship's bell is from the U.S.S. Antietam, CV-36, a Navy Aircraft Carrier. Commissioned in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 1945, the carrier weighed over 27,000 tons and was over 880 feet long. The ship had a crew of about 2,800 sailors and was America's first angled-deck aircraft carrier. This U.S.S. Antietam served until retirement in 1963, seeing its most active service during the Korean Conflict.

Even after retirement, the steel from the ship still serves America. Over 500 tons of armor plating was removed and is used for peaceful atomic research. A sword of the Navy's fleet was turned into the plowshares of nuclear science.
HM NumberHM7WI
Year Placed2009
Placed ByAntietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 4:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 263861 N 4373008
Decimal Degrees39.47428333, -77.74525000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.457', W 77° 44.715'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 27.42" N, 77° 44' 42.90" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000 Antietam Remembered, Keedysville MD 21756, US
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