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    On a red background the letter ‘N’ adorns an entry port on the USS Nebraska. Crewmen aboard the Trident Class nuclear submarine say they never feel far from their supporters in the Nebraska Admirals Association and Big Red Sub Club. The groups help crewmen’s families and boost crew morale with greeting cards and gifts while the boat is beneath the waves on its three-month patrols.

Rosalie Lippincott

Al Tarrell

“It’s special to feel like you’re doing something more for your country because you see all the public support from Nebraska.”

Jeremy Ybarra, Omaha, logistics specialist

“From the nine subs I’ve served on, this is the first one where people have fed me steak. It’s a poke in the eye when I tell crewmen from other subs I serve on the Nebraska.”

Ben Scott, Gary, Ind., sonar specialist

“What’s special is the crew. We have great leaders, and the crew wants to be successful.”

Jimmy Carter, Oklahoma City, master chief petty officer

“A submarine is a submarine, but the feelings of support that Nebraskans have shown us make the crew a lot more caring. Go Big Red.”

Jason Ellis, Orlando, Fla., torpedo firing control

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:30 am

KEARNEY — It was an evening when the Nebraska Admirals Association intended to salute crewmen of the USS Nebraska for the nuclear submarine’s 20th anniversary.

However, before the evening had ended, the seven crewmen were honoring an 86-year-old Nebraska woman who told the banquet crowd of 70 people about the North Platte Canteen. From 1941 to 1946, civilian canteen volunteers served pie, fried chicken, egg salad sandwiches and birthday cakes to an estimated 6 million soldiers, sailors and airmen on their way to fight World War II.

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