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salute to the Queen Mary

The "Salute to a Queen" was once a newsreel staple . . . the queen in question being the fabled ocean liner "Queen Mary." Long since retired, her many voyages still deserve a salute. Tracy Smith does the honors:

September 26, 1934: launch day for the pride of the British commercial fleet.

Compared to a surfaced U Boat, whose speed would be 13 14 knots, or 8 knots submerged. "The Queen Mary was even faster than the torpedoes
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And so the world’s largest ocean liner became the world’s largest troop ship.

Bigger than the Titanic and faster than any German submarine, the Queen Mary was
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Every other week, the Queen clad in drab gray war paint would haul an average of 15,000 American GIs to Europe.

"It was very, very cramped," said Hoard. "The men ate in two shifts down in the Grand Salon. A ham slicing machine worked 24 hours a day trying to keep up with the demand for ham and eggs. Eggs were boiled in 55 gallon drums, with steam jetted up from the boiler rooms."

The passage took about seven days, after which
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The Nazis were not amused. Adolf Hitler offered $250,000 to any submarine captain who could sink her . . . but she outran them all.

"Every U Boat commander in the German navy would like to have sunk the Queen Mary," said Hoard.

But, he said, she was never even fired upon.

In the
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cheap michael kors million GIs to Great Britain, among them Army Private Arnie Boots.

Like so many GIs far from home, Boots met an English girl, and promptly married her.

June Allen was 16 when she married Boots shortly before he shipped out for D Day.

Smith asked, "And what was it about this guy?"

"I don’t know. There was two million GIs stationed at Cheltenham during the war. And you know, you’d see so many, but there was just something about Arnie," she replied.

She wouldn’t see him again . . . Army started shipping around 60,000 British war brides to their new lives in America. aboard the Queen Mary.

"I was only 18 years old, and I had never been on a ship," she said. "And I had never seen a ship that size in my life. I got out of the bus and I looked up, up, up and up. It
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And instead of the cramped quarters their husbands endured, the war brides who came over on the Mary
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Allen said it was "a little scary," but also exciting for the young woman to go to a new country. "Plus, being on the greatest ship in the world. It was so thrilling."

For June, the voyage was an absolute dream. The reunion with her husband not so much.

"I had never seen him out of uniform, and I didn’t know him," she told Smith. "I thought, ‘Is that him?’ I’d been married to the man almost three years, and I didn’t recognize him. I thought, ‘Is that Arnie? Or isn’t it?’ That’s what wartime does."Articles Connexes:

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