Below is a copy of the article in The Washington Post about the USS Pompon Propeller:

 

The Washington Post

The Turn of the Screw

By John Kelly

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tuesday was USS Pompon Remembrance Day in Alexandria, a long-awaited recognition for an odd bit of metal that's adorned the waterfront since 1984: a 2,800-pound submarine propeller resting behind the Torpedo Factory.

 

I wrote about the sub screw in an Answer Man column last July. Emilio Prencipe of Odenton wondered why there was no sign explaining where the propeller came from. Emilio, 70, had served on the Pompon in the 1950s.

 

Answer Man helped cut through the bureaucracy, and, on Tuesday, Emilio and several other Pompon crewmen, including World War II vet Al Brown, were presented with a bronze plaque. On Memorial Day, it will be affixed to the propeller.

 

"I've got it right here," Emilio, 70, told me on the phone yesterday. "It's heavy." The sub and its port screw have no connection to Alexandria.  The propeller is simply an eye-catchin nautical artifact borrowed by the city from the Naval Historical Center.

 

But the Pompon's surviving crew -- the sub was in service from 1942 to 1960 -- wanted some sort of recognition. They were delighted by Tuesday's "Whereas"-filled proclamation saluting their service.

 

The crew members are having a reunion in Manitowoc, Wisc., where the sub was built.  Emilio is bringing the plaque so everyone can see it.  Then he'll haul it back to Alexandria.

 

 

"I'm gonna wrap it up very tightly, probably in bubble wrap, and hand carry it," he said. "I'm not gonna put it in luggage."

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