"Vicky" the canine mascot of the USS Iowa

While I was in vet jail, Mom & Dad took a tour of the USS Iowa battleship. You can read about the battleship on Wikipedia. Mom was surprised that the Iowa had a canine mascot named Victory.

This page has more information about Vicky and shows his official enlistment and health records.

Vicki even went AWOL a few times!

And here are a few photos of the ship.

The big 16 inch diameter guns. Servicemen were closed in this small armor protected room to navigate & control the ship during an attack. I’m standing in the doorway and this is pretty much the entire space. The small white spot beneath the light in the center of the photo is a small slit in the wall that they looked through. There were just a few slits around the room.

Look how thick the door to this room is.

We watch a lot of military history on t.v. and see these big battleships, so being on one was a very interesting experience. It’s huge, but there are a lot of small spaces and corridors within the ship that could get very confusing. The stairs you climb to go from one deck to another are very steep and narrow and I had to duck a lot so I wouldn’t hit my head (I’m only 5-1/2 feet tall). You don’t want to be tall or claustrophobic if you’re in the Navy!

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13 Responses to "Vicky" the canine mascot of the USS Iowa

  1. Brian says:

    WOW! Such a hero woofie, thanks for sharing all that with us.

  2. There were some well know veteran cats on board ships in the past as well!

  3. The Island Cats says:

    What a lucky dog Victory was! Thanks for telling us about him.

  4. Luved reading bout Vicki!

  5. Annie says:

    I enjoyed reading about Victory! What a cutie. I liked the newspaper article about her going AWOL.

  6. 15andmeowing says:

    Great post, very interesting.

  7. kittiesblue says:

    Very interesting post. Stay with WordPress. You’ll like it. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  8. I am now following you on Bloglovin as your first follower on this wordpress site. I added your new address so you might want to claim it on yours. Pooli was a decorated navy WW2 ship cat aboard a transport. She had a long life.

  9. So sorry I’ve missed a few posts; Raven, are you feeling better, sweetheart? Taking care of a sick kitty can sometimes feel like being in a war zone on a tin can ship!

    • Several people have mentioned that they’ve lost their notifications on my blog for the last few weeks. I suspect it has something to do with my blog being hacked at my website. That’s why I’ve moved it here.

      Yes, I’m slowly starting to feel better. I’m eating on my own and hopefully I’ll continue to improve over the next few weeks.

  10. Gattina says:

    He became a famous dog ! a pity for you that it was not a cat, lol !

  11. Great story and pix of this beloved mascot!
    (admin added comment that wasn’t transferred from old blog)

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