USS W.Va. vet group reuniting in state

CHARLESTON  (AP) — West Virginia is hosting what may be the final reunion for veterans of the World War II-era battleship that carried the state’s name.

The USS West Virginia Association plans to gather in Charleston Sept. 28-30.

The group of former sailors, their families and naval history buffs has reunited annually since 1955. They expect to tour the Culture Center and visit a 20-foot replica of their old warship in Beckley during their three-day stay.

The West Virginia suffered heavy damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the Navy rebuilt the battleship in time for the Pacific campaign’s final phase.

Decommissioned after the war, the ship’s mast and bell stand as a memorial at West Virginia University.

The group says this reunion may be their last. Additional details are at usswestvirginia.org.

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