George Penn ©Stars and Stripes
Bremerhaven, West Germany, October, 1950: After a fundraising tour of 26 American cities, the West Berlin-bound Freedom Bell arrives in Bremerhaven aboard the USNS Gen. R.S. Blatchford, which had previously been used to transport 13,833 postwar displaced persons to new lives in the U.S. The 10-ton, 12-foot bronze bell was eventually placed atop West Berlin's City Hall, and its first ringing was heard by a worldwide radio audience during a dedication ceremony that was attended by over 400,000 people.
Stars and Stripes' 1950 story about the Freedom Bell ceremony in West Berlin.