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Spare No Expense

July 29, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

Spend a million dollars to decorate a warship? Governor Carnahan appoints a committee to do just that for the U.S.S. Harry Truman, Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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Southwest Missouri congressman Ike Skelton, and President Truman's daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, will co-chair the committee to raise money for the carrier's launching ceremony. The committee will finance everything from the champagne bottle smashed against the bow, to the admiral's quarters where foreign dignitaries will be entertained. Skelton said the purpose of the spending is first, to honor Trumann and second,

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Contents: so that every man and woman who serves on that ship will have the name of Missouri's favorite son a proud part of their identitiy for the rest of their lives.

Skelton is no stranger to naval fund raising, his wife is also ceremonial sponsor of an attack submarine called the U.S.S. Jefferson City. From the terra firma version of Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.