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FOUND: Reservist tracks down USS Chattanooga deck bell for memorial

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USS Chattanooga. U.S. Navy photo USS Chattanooga. U.S. Navy photo

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The deck bell of the World War I-era USS Chattanooga will become part of a memorial to the five servicemen killed in an attack on the Naval and Marine Reserve Center this summer.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1ReohgE) the ship was scrapped but the 200-pound deck bell survived and somehow made its way to Shelbyville.

Gowan Johnson, a Chattanoogan and petty officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, heard about the bell's existence several years ago and eventually tracked it down to a recently shuttered American Legion post.

In September, Johnson retrieved the 21-inch-tall bronze magnesium bell. Since then, he has been preparing a place for it at the reserve center.

Johnson said the bell could toll five times on the July 16 anniversary of the attack.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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