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PLANK OWNER PLAQUES GIVEN TO CREW OF USNS CITY OF BISMARCK

Your USNS City of Bismarck Committee has provided Plank Owner plaques to all 26 members of the crew of USNS CITY OF BISMARCK from the “People of Bismarck” to their ship. Bill Townsend of Dakota Awards shipped the plaques as well as a large plaque with all of the names to be mounted permanently in the ship. This is the permanent plaque and below it is a sample of a plaque given to each crew member who was part of the crew when it was accepted by the Navy on December 19, 2017.

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2 responses to “PLANK OWNER PLAQUES GIVEN TO CREW OF USNS CITY OF BISMARCK

  • Mary Ann Armbrust

    Who is a plank owner? One who owns a plank? Is a plank the same as a plaque?

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    • bobwefald

      Plank owners carry on an old Navy tradition when ships were built of lumber planks. The first crew of a ship are all known as Plank Owners, even though on USNS CITY OF BISMARCK, like all Navy ships today, are not made of lumber. The plaque we are giving the initial crew members is simply a way of memorializing their service as a part of the initial crew.

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