The USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, was commissioned 75 years ago on Aug. 16.
To mark the occasion, the museum is seeking to reunite former Intrepid crew members in a 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend Aug. 16-19 aboard Intrepid.
The museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families.
Nicknamed “The Fighting I” by its crew, Intrepid served in the Pacific during World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. Intrepid later conducted submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War and served three tours of duty off Vietnam. It was also one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA during the Mercury and Gemini missions, and retrieved astronauts Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom and John Young after their respective orbits and splashdowns in the Pacific.