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World War II “$1.00 In War Stamps From Every American Will Build the Mystery Ship…Shangri-La” (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943). Propaganda Posters
USS Shangri-La (CV-38) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers completed during or shortly after World War II for the United States Navy.
Shangri-La was decommissioned in 1971 and sold for scrap in 1988. She remained in the reserve fleet for the next 11 years, and was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 July 1982.
She was retained by MARAD for several years to provide spare parts for the training carrier Lexington. On 9 August 1988, she was sold for scrap and later towed to Taiwan for demolition.
The naming of the ship was a radical departure from the general practice of the time, which was to name aircraft carriers after battles or previous US Navy ships.
After the Doolittle Raid, launched from the Hornet, President Roosevelt answered a reporter’s question by saying that the raid had been launched from “Shangri-La”, the fictional faraway land of the James Hilton novel Lost Horizon.
USS Shangri-La (CV-38) on wikipedia