RESTING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PACIFIC
USS HELENA CL 50
U.S. Navy photo NH 95814
Helena Montana is a long way from the ocean. Seventy -five years ago the US Navy had a lot of ships, lost a lot of ships, needed the nation's backing and ship sponsors. A lot of American places were commemorated by WWII Navy ship names. Few as unlikely as land locked historic cattle town and state capital Helena, Montana. But on July 5, 1943 the USS HELENA went into battle with the forces of Imperial Japan in the Battle of the Kula Gulf thousands of watery miles form Helena. The USS HELENA went down but miraculously 730 of her 900 man crew lived to tell about it.