This flotilla welcomes the U.S.S. Alabama home as she prepares to stop at McDuffie Island for ceremonies. From her launching at Norfolk, Va., she saw action in World War II for 28 months in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Mostly it was in the Pacific that she gained the nickname the "Lucky A" because not a single carrier was hit while escorted by her. She carried from 2400 to 3200 men aboard while engaged in campaigns in Guam, Gilbert Islands, Marianas, Okinawa, the Philippine Sea (was 1st ship to sight enemy aircraft, of which 403 were destroyed that day), Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands) and Honshu, where she joined the Missouri while Gen. Macarthur signed Peace Treaty. After treaty she served as carrier to bring men home.