On January 14, 1969, during operations in the waters off Hawaii, explosions rocked the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise
(CVAN 65), the most tragic of the more than 18,600 days the venerable flattop operated as a U.S. Navy warship.
Artifacts come in all shapes and sizes and are of various contents as far as the material of which they are made. Yet, they are all part of the same fabric, bearing witness to history, tangible links to times past and in some cases a veritable voice about a momentous event in the story of an individual and a nation served. Taken together, they capture the history and heritage of aviation in the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.