The Loss of the Quincy
The story of the USS Quincy and her crew is both aspirational and tragic. Built in year 1935, the ship represented the best technology, weaponry, and engineering of America's naval architects. It also offered those American men fortunate enough to sail her an escape from the poverty of the Great Depression and even a chance to see the world. However, with the advent of the USA's entry into World War II, the fate of the ship and her crew were subject to the vagaries of war. In year 1942--in fact, eight months to the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor--the Quincy would fire the first rounds in the invasion of Guadalcanal, an island in the South Pacific. Less than 48 hours later, this 10,000 ton ship would be sunk by Japanese surface forces, taking 389 of her crew with her and leaving 147 wounded, and all in the span of 45 minutes. The legacy of the USS Quincy and the marines who sailed her is emblematic of the unique forces that shaped the lives of Americans in the 1930s and the 1940s. Join us to learn more about the creation and ultimate destruction of this magnificent vessel.
Robert Begin has an unquenchable thirst for history, with particular emphasis upon naval and maritime events. He has given historical talks on a variety of historic events and figures, but, by far, his favorite topic has always been the loss of the Quincy. Begin grew up in Lewiston, Maine, a mill town about 150 miles North of Boston, and now lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
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