BASES: Derry's First Year

Through the swirling Northern Ireland mists, a ship stood into Lough Foyle last week. She carried several hundred Seabees for the U.S. Naval Operating Base in Londonderry. The Navy's new crew of construction and repair men were a few days late for a celebration: the base had just passed its first anniversary. But they were not too late to hear navymen sing the praises—embroidered with profane complaints—of Derry, one of the secrets of U.S. enterprise in World War II, just being made public.

When Derry was commissioned, only a handful of Navy people...

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