This Day in Georgia History
September 06, 1941
Mitchell Christened U.S.S. Atlanta
The light cruiser U.S.S. Atlanta was launched at Kearney, New Jersey. Margaret Mitchell, the ship’s sponsor, was present to christen the ship. Placed into duty on the following Dec. 24, the cruiser had a brief but distinguished record. It and four other ships engaged a larger Japanese fleet in the Battle of Guadalcanal in Nov. 1942. During the battle, the Atlanta was hit be a torpedo and 50 shells from enemy guns. Nevertheless, its crew sank a Japanese destroyer and light cruiser before abandoning ship and sinking the vessel on Nov. 13. For their bravery, President Roosevelt honored the crew with a presidential citation.