Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Hoga's Coming Home!

Today Mayor Hays and Museum Director Greg Zonner traveled to Washington D.C. to sign the transfer document which will add the U.S.S. Hoga (YT-146) to our "fleet".

They will attend a ceremony with SecNav (Secretary of Navy) and all of the Arkansas Congressional delegation at the Pentagon on 28 July.

The U.S.S. Hoga project was started several years ago when Congressman Vic Snyder (D-Ark) brought the valiant little tug's attention to Mayor Hays. The city of North Little Rock participated in a Navy Donation procedure and was successful in its bid. The Hoga was serving in Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941 and worked for two solid days fighting fires, moving burning vessels from the main channel and pulling injured sailors from the sea. With her addition, NLR now has the "alpha and omega" of WW 2, since the U.S.S. Razorback sat in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrendered.

The Hoga is currently moored near San Francisco and planning for transportation and mooring in North Little Rock is well underway. Of course, we could still use donations to accomplish our most worthwhile task. Help us to preserve the history of two wonderful American treasures.

Don't forget to come a visit us on the north shore of the Arkansas River in downtown North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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