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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Jean MacArthur christens the USS Gary Owen, 1945

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Object ID: WV0297.6.098

Description: Jean Marie MacArthur, wife of General Douglas MacArthur, christens the USS Gary Owen, a Red Cross canteen ship, in Tokyo Bay on 18 December 1945. The official ARC caption reads "Mrs. Douglas MacArthur christens the USS Gary Owens, a Red Cross canteen ship for troops of the 7th Cavalry Division. Formerly the Meiji Maru, a 70-year-old 225-foot Japanese sailing ship, the Gary Owen rests on concrete cradles in the Sumida River, Tokyo. It has a day room with dance floor big enough to accommodate 100 dancers, a card room, a library, and writing desks. With Mrs. MacArthur, Maj. Gen. William C. Chase.

Collection: Esther Gilbert Scrapbook

Rights: American Red Cross photo by Bullard. It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.