The USS Salem has several interesting exhibits to see on 3rd deck. Some of the exhibits aboard are a U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Memorial Room, USS Salem Memorial Room, USS Newport News Memorial Room, and a Model Exhibit Display Room. 

U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors 

On 11 April 1992, seven World War II, Korean and Vietnam U.S. Navy Cruiser veterans met at the Fleet Reserve Hall, Davisville, Rhode Island to discuss the possibility of forming an association of cruiser sailors. On 18 June 1992 the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association was officially incorporated.

 U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Memorial Room   

USS Newport News Memorial Room (Sister Ship)

U. S.  Navy SEALs Exhibit

U. S.  Navy SEALs Exhibit

A new exhibit celebrating the U. S. Navy SEALs opened September 28, 2002 at the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum on the USS Salem (CA 139) in Quincy, MA.  The exhibit had been under construction since July and shows some of the history of the SEALs as well as their training and function.  Some of the contributors to the exhibit include Blackhawk Industries and the UDT-SEAL Museum.  A large portion is dedicated to Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989.

Incorporated into the exhibit is a memorial for Lt (j.g.) John P. Connors killed in Operation Just Cause.  He was a member of SEAL Team FOUR, one of those given the job of disabling Manuel Noriega’s airplane at Paitilla Airfield.  Lt. Connors was one of four SEALs killed during that operation.  He was a native of Arlington, MA and had graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in chemical engineering.  He was a dedicated individual who would sacrifice anything for the people most important to him.  His sole aim through ROTC was to enter BUD/S and become a SEAL.



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