The battleship U. S. S. Texas (BB-35) is permanently moored near the Houston Ship Channel, adjacent to the historic San Jacinto battlefield. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife preserves the historic vessel with the assistance of The Battleship Texas Foundation, First Texas Volunteers and San Jacinto Museum of History. During World War II in the European Theater of Operations, the battleship supported operations including Operation Torch, the November 1942 assault of North Africa, Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and Operation Dragoon, the August 1944 landings in Southern France near St. Tropez. Returning home for repair and refurbishment, Texas was deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations, where she participated in the February 1945 assault of Iwo Jima and the April 1945 invasion of Okinawa.
The Glenn Miller Archive has produced two distinct five-hour programs for Texas that will be heard by visitors to the battleship over the public address system. Carefully selected and restored Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) transcriptions from the GMA Collections accurately depict the broadcasts heard by the officers and men of Texas during the February 1945 operations at Iwo Jima and the April 1945 operations offshore Okinawa. Included are a variety of programs featuring many celebrities and musicians that display the breadth of popular entertainment from the United States that the crew heard during these months as well as news broadcasts describing the events at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The GMA is also preparing programs that depict 1942 and 1944 aboard Texas. This initiative follows others in which the GMA has assisted universities and historic societies with audio programs to help visitors better understand the centers they are visiting.
To learn more about the battleship and for specifics of the two five-hour programs that will now be heard aboard Texas, please follow this link:
The Sons of the Pioneers at the Armed Forces Radio Service