Second World War: Mother of Five Sailors Christens USS Chickasaw at Launching Ceremony

Mrs. Rena Fairbanks, mother of five US Navy sailors during the second World War, christens the USS Chickasaw during its launching ceremony in San Francisco.

| Good Old Days

This article is an excerpt from The Kansas City Star, July 24, 1942, during the second World War: 

"With firm swing, Mrs. Rena Fairbanks of Emmett, Kansas, shatters a bottle of champagne against the USS Chickasaw, Navy fleet tug at a San Francisco shipyard. Frank Fairbanks, her husband, is in the left foreground intent upon his wife's efficient performance of the task. The Navy honored Mrs. Fairbanks by inviting her to San Francisco to sponsor the auxiliary ship because five of her sons wear its uniform. One of them, Carl, was aboard a ship sunk in the Java Sea and is reported missing. The launching ceremony was held last night."

Geneva Fairbanks
Rossville, Kansas

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