American Military Power At Naval Park In Buffalo
An hidden gem in New York state located in the city of Buffalo, the Naval Park offers you to explore incredible vessels from the Second World War like the USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans and USS Croaker.
My friend recommended me to go to the Naval & Military Park in Buffalo. This was pretty much the only cool attraction close to the city center. The following ships could be entered and observed: USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans and USS Croaker.
The Sullivans and Croaker both took part in the World War 2 Pacific Theater. It was quite impressive looking around the ships and getting a feel of how life must have been on the boat or in the ocean's depth.
USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), an Arleigh Burke-class "Aegis" guided missile destroyer, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the five Sullivan brothers — George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan, aged 20 to 27 – who lost their lives when their ship, USS Juneau, was sunk by a Japanese submarine in November 1942 in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (the first ship named for them was DD-537). This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II.
USS Croaker arrived at Pearl Harbor from New London on 26 June 1944, and on 19 July put to sea on her first war patrol, sailing to the East China and Yellow Seas. In a series of brilliantly successful attacks which won her the Navy Unit Commendation, she sank the cruiser Nagara on 7 August, and two freighters, one on 14 August and one on 17 August.
USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4) was one of 27 United States Navy Cleveland-class light cruisers completed during or shortly after World War II, and one of six to be converted to guided missile cruisers. She was the first US Navy ship to be named for Little Rock, Arkansas.
Commissioned in mid-1945, she was completed too late to see combat duty during World War II. After an initial South American cruise, she spent the next few years serving off the east coast of the U.S., in the Caribbean, and in the Mediterranean. Like all but one of her sister ships, she was retired in the post-war defense cutbacks, becoming part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1949.