First made famous on January 17, 1781, the Town of Cowpens participated during the American Revolutionary War. The combat was characterized by an overwhelming victory by American revolutionaries under the command of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan.
The Battle of Cowpens was a remarkable and an important turning point for the Americans living in South Carolina and considered as the great American tactical masterpiece of the war.
Instrumental for the US victory during the war against Japan, the USS Cowpens, an 11, 000 – ton Independence class small aircraft carrier built at Camden, New Jersey, was commissioned in May 1943. Carrying the hull number CV – 25, the aircraft was redesignated CVL – 25 two months later and arrived in the Pacific waters in September to join the war against Japan.
After its first taste of combat at Wake Island in October 1943, the CVL-25 participated in the Gilberts and Marshalls invasions during the last two months of 1943 and the first two months of 1944. The first USS Cowpens earned 12 battle stars, more than any other carrier in the fleet.
The CVL-25 is also the first U.S. carrier to enter Tokyo Bay, and men from its Fighting Squadron 50 were the first Americans to arrive on the Japanese mainland. By the time the Japanese surrendered on the deck of the USS Missouri, The Mighty Moo was positioned alongside the Missouri.
The second USS Cowpens, haul number CG-63, is a Ticonderoga class AEGIS guided missile cruiser. By far, the AEGIS Weapon System is the most powerful weapon system in the world. It was built in Bath Iron Works in Maine.
Also known as “Thundering Herd”, the second cruiser is a multi-mission surface combatant capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces, independent operations, or acting as the flagship of a surface action group. Its primary missions are Anti-Air Warfare and Strike Warfare.
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