August 29, 1957
S. J. Res. 96
Public Law 85-218

JOINT RESOLUTION

To authorize establishment of the United States ship Enterprise (CV-6) in the Nation's Capital as a memorial museum.

Whereas the United States ship Enterprise, after twenty years of outstanding service in the United States Navy, has been declared to be obsolete by reason of having outlived its military usefulness; and

Whereas the United States ship Enterprise was known as the “fight-ingest carrier in the fleet” during World War II, during which time it accumulated eighteen of twenty-two possible combat stars for carriers in the Pacific area ; and

Whereas the United States ship Enterprise at one period during World War II was the only aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific ; and

Whereas, although reported by the Japanese to be sunk seven times, the United States ship Enterprise succeeded in accounting for nine hundred and eleven Japanese aircraft, seventy-one enemy ships sunk by her pilots, and another one hundred and ninety-two ships damaged or probably sunk ; and

Whereas the United States ship Enterprise was called “The Galloping Ghost of the Oahu Coast” by Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, Junior, and during the early days of World War II symbolized the American resistance against a foe advancing with seemingly overwhelming strength : Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That subject to the conditions hereafter prescribed, at such time as the United States ship Enterprise is released by the United States and acquired by the Enterprise Association and its distinguished leader, Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, United States Navy (retired), it may be berthed at, or in the vicinity of, the Nation's Capital as a memorial museum to be supported and maintained by private funds at no expense to the United States or the Government of the District of Columbia.

Sec. 2. In furtherance of the purposes of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy is authorized to transfer the Enterprise to the Enterprise Association upon conditions (1) that a showing satisfactory to the Secretary of the Navy that the association is in a suitable position financially, or will be in a suitable position financially, to move, repair, renovate, berth, prepare for display, maintain and administer such vessel satisfactorily and in the public interest for purposes of this Act; (2) that a site for berthing the vessel with adequate land approach facilities is approved (a) by the Secretary of the Navy, the National Capital Planning Commission and the Secretary of Commerce and (b) if such site is within or adjacent to areas under their jurisdiction, also by the Secretary of the Interior, the Fine Arts Commission and the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia; (3) that the Enterprise will not be operated for profit above necessary operating and maintenance costs.

Sec. 3. If the conditions described in section 2 are not met within 6 months of the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy may dispose of the United States ship Enterprise in accordance with law.

Approved August 29, 1957.