S.C.R. No. 101 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1-1 WHEREAS, The State of Texas has traditionally recognized a 1-2 variety of official state symbols that embody the proud spirit and 1-3 unique heritage of our state; and 1-4 WHEREAS, The bluebonnet, the pecan tree, and the mockingbird 1-5 are examples of some natural specimens that serve to symbolize the 1-6 great diversity of the Texas landscape, while the state dish, 1-7 chili, fittingly represents another aspect of our shared culture as 1-8 Texans; and 1-9 WHEREAS, In keeping with this custom, the designation of the 1-10 battleship Texas as the official State Ship of Texas will provide 1-11 suitable recognition for this historic symbol of Texas' indomitable 1-12 spirit; and 1-13 WHEREAS, Commissioned in the Norfolk Navy Yard on March 12, 1-14 1914, the U.S.S. Texas served in the Atlantic theater during World 1-15 War I; later, from 1925 to 1926, the Texas was modernized and 1-16 served as a fleet flagship for the United States Navy; and 1-17 WHEREAS, In 1939, this exceptional vessel was chosen as the 1-18 flagship of the Atlantic Training Squadron and one year later was 1-19 designated as the flagship for the commander of the Atlantic Fleet, 1-20 Admiral Ernest J. King; and 1-21 WHEREAS, During World War II, the Texas served her country 1-22 with great distinction, transporting troops to Europe, Africa, and 1-23 the Panama Canal Zone while negotiating some of the most dangerous 1-24 waters of the war; this remarkable ship was unique throughout the 2-1 world in that it participated in five major Allied invasions in 2-2 three separate theaters of combat: North Africa, Southern France, 2-3 Northern France, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima; and 2-4 WHEREAS, Nicknamed "The Mighty T," the Texas is perhaps best 2-5 known as the command ship for the bombardment of Omaha Beach, on 2-6 whose historic sands American soldiers displayed unflinching 2-7 bravery in the face of withering enemy fire to begin the 2-8 long-awaited liberation of France; and 2-9 WHEREAS, During her entire record of distinguished service to 2-10 the United States, the Texas experienced only one fatality and 14 2-11 wounded while off the coast of Cherbourg, France; following her 2-12 retirement from service, "The Mighty T" was given to the State of 2-13 Texas, and today she is moored near the San Jacinto Battleground 2-14 State Historical Park; and 2-15 WHEREAS, The U.S.S. Texas performed a vital role in the 2-16 success of many critical missions during peacetime and both world 2-17 wars, epitomizing the strength, resolve, and gritty determination 2-18 of her namesake state; this year, as we commemorate the 50th 2-19 anniversary of the end of World War II, it is indeed appropriate 2-20 that this mighty vessel be given special legislative recognition as 2-21 an official symbol of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it 2-22 RESOLVED, That the 74th Legislature of the State of Texas 2-23 hereby designate the battleship Texas as the official State Ship of 2-24 Texas.