U.S.S. Noa


U.S.S. Noa, D. 343


CHRISTENING OF NEW DESTROYER, “THE NOA”, NAMED IN HONOR OF LOVEMAN NOA. Mrs. Bianda Noa Morehead Is Sponsor for Its Launching Today.

            The christening of a united States destroyer which has been built in the shipyards at Norfolk, Va., and is scheduled to be launched today, the name “Noa” having been selected for the new boat, brings to mind the tragic death of one of Chattanooga’s most promising young men at that time—Loveman Noa. He was the son of the late Ismar Noa and Mrs. Noa and the brother of Miss Ernestine Noa and Mrs. Bianca Noa Morehead, one of the oldest families in the city. He was a nephew of D. B. Loveman. His death, which shocked the whole community with its horrible details at that time, occurred in the Philippine Islands, the natives having attacked him from ambush.

            Young Noa was commander of a small gunboat, and was out on the water with some other officers, when they landed on an island, and he ventured ashore against their protestations, and was boloed by the natives.

            In 1898, while he was still at Annapolis, he volunteered his services in the Spanish-American war, and served on one of the converted cruisers.

            He graduated from Annapolis about 1900 and met his death a year or two later while serving with the U. S. naval forces in the Philippines. Before going to Annapolis he had graduated from the Chattanooga High school, having been reared in this city, though a native of Knoxville.

            During the yellow fever scourge the family had gone up to Knoxville and opened a branch store, as Ismar Noa was a partner in the D. B. Loveman company at that time, and it was during their residence there that Loveman Noa was born.

            Mrs. Bianca Morehead, of Kentucky, sister of Loveman Noa, will be the sponsor for the boat christened today.

            Naming the new destroyer for Loveman Noa was suggested by Commander George S. Neal while on a visit some time ago to his sister, Mrs. W. E. Wheelock, and she in turn suggested that the naming go through the Chattanooga Writers’ club, of which she is a member. At the last meeting of the club Miss Edith Beverly Evans reported that she had written [Navy] Secretary Daniels, inclosing clippings of the discussion, and had received the following telegram:

            “I have taken great pleasure in naming the ship ‘Noa,’ in honor of this man.

                        “Josephus Daniels.”

(Chattanooga News, Chattanooga, Tenn., Saturday, June 28, 1919)



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