In 1957 resolutions were presented in both
houses of congress to establish USS Enterprise CV-6 as a national
shrine in the District of Columbia.
They were approved and signed by President Dwight D.
Eisenhower on 28 Aug 57.
However, the congressional resolution allowed only 6 months
for raising necessary funds. Total financial responsibility fell
upon the Enterprise (CV-6) Association.
The cost, Two Million Dollars.
When it was realized that the Enterprise Association could
not raise the necessary funds, the executive board of the
Association held a meeting with then Secretary of the Navy Thomas
S. Gates. In consideration of the Association abandoning its drive
to preserve the ship, Secretary Gates agreed to name the first
nuclear aircraft carrier (CVN-65) Enterprise.
On 26 July 58 in San Diego, Calif. Rear Admiral G.
B. H. Hall, USN spoke to the fourth reunion of the Enterprise
Association and the theme of his speech was "The Enterprise
of the Future". He
stated in part "The carrying forward of the name Enterprise
to the first nuclear carrier is also most appropriate and possibly
is the most forceful and realistic recognition of the value of the
old ship, the old crews, and the older principles under which we
have all lived and fought in the Navy, as a major part of our
Nation's Armed Forces". He said it all and that is, (CVN-65) is the Legacy of
complied from the book USS
The Most Decorated Ship of World War II A Pictorial History
by Steve Ewing