Our Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler had a painting commissioned and painted by her long time artist friend Becky Pugh. Katie presented this picture of the Painted Canyon in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Captain Gordon for our boat.
Wallace “Butch” Thunderhawk, Jr., a noted artist and enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, made this crossed tomahawks sculpture. Under the leadership of Scott Davis, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, this sculpture was commissioned and presented by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Three Affiliated Tribes, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, the Spirit Lake Nation and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation. This photo shows it proudly displayed on the forward bulkhead (wall) of the mess decks.
These crossed six shooters were presented to the crew at their ship’s party on the evening of Saturday, October 25th, following our boat’s commissioning. They were presented by the Legionnaires of American Legion Post No. 290 of New Town. Here they are shown as proudly displayed on our boat.
A group from New Town went out on the tickets they had already purchased for the postponed May 31st original commissioning date. While they were there they presented the boat and its crew with a Sacred Eagle Feather and a large jacket patch they created to celebrate the commissioning of our boat. The crew had both items nicely framed, and they are displayed on our boat.
The North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States was involved in supporting both the christening and the commissioning of the second Navy warship named for our state USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784). In this photo the Navy League National President James Offutt is shown presenting a silver tray to Captain Gordon.
These are the buttons the North Dakota Council of the Navy League gave to people at the christening and commissioning.