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Preserving "The Tide"
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The USS Tidewater (Photo courtesy of Robert Hall)
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St. Paul, Minn. — It was 1945. Truman takes over after FDR dies in office. It's close to the end of World War II. War movies were still popular. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly have a hit with Anchor's Away. That was the same year the Navy launched the USS Tidewater. The Tidewater, a little bit longer than a football field, was the biggest vessel ever built at the U.S. Naval Shipyards in Charleston, South Carolina. Nearly 60 years later several former sailors are trying to preserve the history of a ship they call "The Tide." MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with several of them. View the slideshow and listen to her interviews.

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