All pictures on this page have been copied from the USS Helena CA-75 1959 - 1960 Cruise Book
In April, 1960 the biggest peacetime operation in history
OPERATION BLUE STAR
our Marines were part of he shore forces.
BLUE STAR brought the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable William B. Franke, to HELENA for a day's visit.
A firepower demonstration by the Marine Detachment
MARINE DETACHMENT . . . . .
the epitome of smartness, yet always combat-ready