USS Iowa, Battleship Number 4

USS IowaThis month’s postcard features the USS Iowa, the first seagoing battleship.  The USS Iowa was launched on March 28, 1896 and saw a great deal of action during the Spanish-American War. During WWI, the Iowa primarily served as a training ship.  In April 1919, the Iowa was renamed Battleship No. 4 so that the name could be used for one of the newer battleships.  In 1923, she took her final voyage through the Panama Canal and was used as a target ship, ultimately sinking in the Gulf of Panama.The postcard is postmarked from Ada, Ohio on March 21 at 1:51 PM.  No year is visible.

The postcard is addressed to Errett Motter City Hospital Lima, Ohio and reads:

Dear Errett:
We all send our love and best wishes.
Your cousin Paul Main.

Paul Main was the youngest child of Elizabeth (Motter) and James Main.

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