The Marine detachment of the USS Maine (BB-2) embarks at Hampton Roads in 1897. A few months later, on Tuesday, 15 February 1898, all but 12 of the 40 Marines assigned to the battleship died when she mysteriously exploded in Havana harbor. Among the ships in the background are the USS New York (ACR-2), center, and, most likely, the USS Raleigh (C-8) or her sister ship, the USS Cincinnati (C-7), right.
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Mr. Danelo is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. A combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he is the author of Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq
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