In our opinion: So long, USS Ranger, one of Bremerton's finest pieces of lawn art
July 23, 2010 · 6:03 PM
It may be just the size of the thing, but the USS Ranger is a majestic sight, parked on Bremerton’s front lawn like a decommissioned El Dorado.
Often mothballed ships have a short list of options for retirement: end up scuttled to help grow coral reefs or made into tourist attractions.
It can be hard for some of those who served aboard the ship to think of it nestled on the sea floor, even if it means rebuilding lost coral reefs. So the news that the Vietnam era carrier, with its stories and ghosts intact, will likely be spared comes as a relief.
As noted in this week’s story, “Oregon city may lasso USS Ranger,” the Ranger is likely to head to the Oregon burg of Fairview to serve as a floating history lesson and tourist attraction.
Sailors and Marines who served on and inside will be able to make a pilgrimage to pay their respects.
The descendants of those who served aboard will also have the chance to experience something of what their parents and grandparents experienced.
And those of us who don’t count the Ranger in our personal histories will have the chance to visit.
That said, it’s served nobly as a piece of Bremerton lawn art, and its looming presence will be missed.