The Town of Tappahannock unveiled a memorial to the USS Tappahannock, a fleet oiler that served in World War II up through the Vietnam War. As an oiler, a service vessel, the USS Tappahannock’s job was to refuel and resupply the other vessels at sea, which included everything from destroyers all the way to aircraft carriers, photographic examples of which can be found in the Essex County Museum.
Roy M. Gladding, the Mayor of Tappahannock, started the dedication of the memorial, “We always talk about recognizing the history of our past,” he said. “We are here today to make history. Not many people knew about the Tappahannock. Our town had a clerk for a long time, who had a giant photo of this ship in her office, and when she left, she took it with her.”
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