Army & Navy - Sooner the Better

At Newport News, Rear Admiral Elliott Buckmaster, commander of the carrier Yorktown when she was sunk after Midway, June 7, was midstream in a speech celebrating the launching of a new carrier of the same name. Then something extraordinary happened. Imperceptibly the great bow towering above the speaker's stand began to move. Admiral Buckmaster stopped. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, sponsor of both Yorktowns, rushed to the platform edge, swung her bottle of champagne just as the giant craft slid down the ways five minutes ahead of schedule.

Said Navy officials: "Something went haywire."

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