The background information and photos presented when the Questions of the Week (Q.O.T.W.) answered below were originally posted may be found here: Saturday, December 21, 2013
1. What kind of tree was this? ANS: The tree was a Sequoia (Redwood).
2. When and where was this tree planted? ANS: The tree was planted 21 February 1956, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. The sapling grew to become the Shipyard's Christmas tree from the 1980s until the yard closed in 1996.
3. How many admirals were involved in the planting and who were those admirals and the lone Captain? ANS: Three admirals and one captain. The tree-planting detail (photo here) consisted of (RADM Martin J. Lawrence, USN (Shipyard Commander), RADM John R. Redman, USN (Commandant 12th ND), RADM F.I. Entwistle, USN (Mare Island Base Commander), and Capt, R.A. Davidson (Public Works Officer Mare Island).
The tree planting had something to do with a nuclear sub (shown above);
the name of this sub and what the tree commemorated were what? ANS: The tree planting commemorated the keel laying of USS Sargo (SSN-583), the first nuclear sub ever built by M.I.N.S.Y.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !
Submarines are always silent and strange.
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