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Samuel O. Southern Appointed Chairman Of U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission

Samuel O. Southern Appointed Chairman Of U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission

February 14, 2014

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Samuel O. Southern as Chairman of the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission.  The Commission was established by the General Assembly in 1960 to provide an organization whose charter was to oversee the administration and operation of the USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB55), the most decorated Battleship of World War II, as a permanent memorial and exhibit for the State's veterans.

Specifically, the General Statutes call for the Battleship to be an "enterprise activity" of the State of North Carolina which means that the agency generates its own revenue to cover the costs of its administration and operation. No operational funds come from government appropriations.

The Battleship Commission consists of 16 members who serve without compensation.  In addition, the Secretary of Cultural Resources and the Secretary of Commerce serve as ex officio members.  Chairman Southern is not new to the Battleship, having served on the Commission for twenty years.  Nor is he new to the Navy, having served on active duty, retiring with the rank of Captain following a thirty year reserve career.

Southern currently practices health law and trial and appellate practice in Raleigh, although his law firm also maintains an office in Wilmington, where the Battleship has been berthed since 1961.

Southern earned his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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