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.
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
USS Newport News Memorial Room (Sister Ship)
U. S. Navy
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.