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"Free State Battlewagon"
U.S.S. Maryland (BB-46)

The battleship U.S.S. Maryland (BB-46) was the pride of the United States Navy and the world’s most powerful dreadnought when commissioned in 1921. Slightly damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th 1941, the Maryland became the first of the damaged Pearl Harbor battleships to return to service.

Dubbed “Old Mary” or “Fighting Mary”, she was also called “Old Line” or “Free State Battlewagon” in honor of the famous Continental infantry unit enshrined in the state’s nickname. In action throughout the Pacific war, Maryland was damaged, repaired and improved several times. The ship was honored with seven battle stars for its service during World War Two.

After the war’s end in August 1945, the Maryland participated in “Operation Magic Carpet”, the return of American service personnel from Hawaii to the west coast of the United States.

Edition 50 S/N
Size 15.75" x 22"
Price $125

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