USS Topeka CLG 8 Ship's Bell

On May 6th, 2009 a dedication of the USS Topeka CLG 8 ship's bell was held at her new home, Constitution Plaza at Topeka High School.

The mayor of Topeka, was represented by the City Manger, and a mayoral proclamation was read, designating this historic and patriotic event.

The complete ROTC cadet program attended in uniform, along with various members of the armed forces. Dr. Linda Wiley, principal of Topeka High, was in attendance. Dr Wiley was very instrumental in making this happen. We can all be assured that our bell will be perpetually maintained long after we are all gone.

Also in attendance were three former USS Topeka crewmen - Charles Beardsley, Robert Bond, and Jimmy Starr. Beardsley donated the original Topeka CLG 8 commissioning pennant to the Marine Corps ROTC program at Topeka High School. According to CWO Curtis Kelly, who heads up the program, our pennant will be on display, and will be flown only on formal military occasions.

Above: Former crewmen Charles Beardsley, Robert Bond, and Jimmy Star with commisioning pennant.

Mast of the USS Constitution with flags of all the armed services. Topeka's bell is below and to the left of the mast.

Photos and Information provided by Robert Bond