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Toms River, New Jersey: Carrier USS Randolph Anchor

Built in 1944 and decommissioned in 1969, the aircraft carrier USS Randolph endured Japanese kamikaze attacks. It returned to public prominence as the recovery ship for Mercury astronauts Gus Grissom and John Glenn. Toms River ended up with the anchor, which symbolizes the local shipbuilding tradition, though the carrier was built in Virginia.

Huddy Park

E. Water St., Toms River, NJ
East of N. Main St./Rt. 166 off E Water St. in Huddy Park.
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Anchor From USS Randolph CV-15

Aircraft carrier served in Pacific during Kamikaze attacks in WWII and in Atlantic during early days of the space program. Picked up Gus Grissom during Mercury and John Glenn during the Mercury space program. Symbolizes maritime history of Toms River.

[Vince, 03/02/2014]

The WWII Essex class aircraft carrier picked up NASA Mercury astronaut John Glenn and his capsule, and Gus Grissom without his capsule (which sank like an anchor).

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