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BB-35 USS TEXAS
1942 - 1949

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - Victor

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New York Class Battleship: Displacement 27,000 Tons, Dimensions, 573' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 56 x 4 x 21" tt. Armor, 12" Belt, 14" Turrets, 3" Decks, 12" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,100 IHP; Vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1052.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., April 17, 1911. Launched May 18, 1912. Commissioned March 12, 1914. Decommissioned April 21, 1948. Stricken April 21, 1948.
Fate: Perserved as memorial, San Jacinto Battlefield, 3523 Highway 134, La Porte TX, 77571.Texas.
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BB-35 Texas42kColored b&w of Texas (BB-35) . The original b&w is U.S. Navy & printed in the book 'Fighting Fleets' by R.S. Critchell, and H.H. Rimington. Copyright 1942 by Dodd, Mead, & Co, Inc. Courtesy of Eric W. Dahlstrom.
BB-35 Texas83kBow on view of Texas (BB-35) at the Norfolk Naval Yard, Portsmouth Virginia, 19 August 1942.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas80kStarboard bow view of the Texas (BB-35) at the Norfolk Naval Yard, Portsmouth Virginia, 19 August 1942.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-35 Texas25kStarboard view showing her measure 12 (modified) camouflage off the Norfolk Naval Yard, Portsmouth Virginia, 19 August 1942.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas60k15 March 1943 photo of the Texas (BB-35) as she leaves Portsmouth, Virginia. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-35 Texas83kUnderway, 15 March 1943, all turrets are trained sharply to port. USN photo.
BB-35 Texas117kUnderway off Norfolk, Virginia, 15 March 1943, with her main battery gun turrets trained to port.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-63542, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas202kStern view of the Texas (BB-35), 15 March 1943. USN photo serial # 4841-43, courtesy of Ed Zajkowski. Photo added 01/28/09.
BB-35 Texas235kStarboard quarter view, 15 March 1943.USN photo serial # 4840-43, courtesy of Ed Zajkowski. Photo added 01/28/09.
BB-35 Texas110kHead on view, 15 March 1943.USN photo serial # 4837-43 courtesy of Ed Zajkowski. Photo added 01/28/09.
BB-35 Texas38kTexas (BB-35) with OS2U on after catapult. Circa 1943.Courtesy of Joe F. Powers.
BB-35 Texas37kTexas (BB-35) amidships, showing secondary armament. Circa 1943.Courtesy of Joe F. Powers.
BB-35 Texas85kFinal wartime appearance of the Texas (BB-35) as seen is after the summer of 1943 and before Jan 1944. The foremast SG antenna is not yet atop the foremast. The top of the foremast is lacking in antenna detail but the elevated SG platform is not present. Plane, deck and lightweight A.A. arrangement are easily seen in this photo.Text contributed by Chuck Moore. USN photo.
BB-35 Texas120kUnderway near Casco Bay, Maine, prior to 25 Jan 1944. On 25 Jan 1944, Texas (BB-35) entered Boston Navy Yard, where among other changes, the SC-1 radar antenna atop the foremast was removed and the SG antenna which is below the 3-tier fire control structure, was relocated atop the foremast. The date is after June 1943 for this is when the quad 40mm guns (among other guns) were installed, in Boston Navy Yard (1 - 30 June 1943).Text contributed by Chuck Moore. USN photo.
BB-35 Texas55k Texas (BB-35) at anchor in the Clyde River, Scotland after escorting a troop convoy to the British Isles. A British escort carrier is in the background. The date is after 1943. Texas was in the Clyde in July 1942, Jan 1944 and Apr 1944. With the foremast SG being atop the fire control structure, the image is after Feb 1944, for it was in a Boston Navy Yard period of Jan - Feb 1944 that the SG antenna was relocated atop the foremast. Text contributed by Chuck Moore. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-35 Texas110kTexas (BB-35) as she appeared in April, 1944. Added light antiaircraft weapons are easily seen here.USN photo.
BB-36 Nevada79kIn Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland, 14 May 1944. Texas (BB-35) is at right. Photographed from Quincy (CA-71).Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-367897, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas98kGen. Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses the crew of the Texas (BB-35) prior to the Normandy landing. Texas supported the Omaha Beach landings. Photo courtesy of USN/USNI.
BB-35 Texas91kNavy corpsmen treat wounded U.S. Army Rangers aboard the Texas (BB-35). Photo courtesy of USN/USNI.
BB-35 Texas55k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Randall Wilson entitled "Gunline Omaha".
In support of the American landings at Utah and Omaha beaches, the Texas (BB-35) slugs it out with German heavy gun emplacements during the D-Day landings.
Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-35 Texas81kA heavy German coast artillery shell falls between Texas (BB-35), in the background, and Arkansas (BB-33), while the two battleships were engaging Battery Hamburg during the bombardment of Cherbourg, France, 25 June 1944. Photographed from Arkansas.USNHC # 80-G-244210, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas45kSky watch on board the Texas(BB-35).USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas36kTexas (BB-35) wearing the results of German gunnery during close-in fire support off Cherbourg, 26 June, 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas41kShell splash from what might be a 240-millimeter armor-piercing shell lands near the Texas (BB-35) from German gunnery during close-in fire support off Cherbourg, 26 June, 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas41kThe battleship Texas (BB-35) fires her main batteries in this painting by the artist Carl G.Evers. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas41kTexas (BB-35) off St.Tropez, during the invasion of southern France, on 15 August 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-34 New York124kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B intended for the battleships New York (BB-34) and Texas (BB-35). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 11 October 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side, exposed decks and superstructure ends. New York wore this pattern in late 1944 and early 1945. Texas was painted in it for a brief period during the final part of 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-73641, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-34 New York117kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B intended for the battleships New York (BB-34) and Texas (BB-35). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 11 October 1944. It shows the ship's port side, exposed decks and superstructure ends. New York wore this pattern in late 1944 and early 1945. Texas was painted in it for a brief period during the final part of 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-73640, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-35 Texas1.1mkThe battleship Texas (BB-35) all dressed up in Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B in this painting by the artist Carl G.Evers. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-35 Texas86kTexas (BB-35) underway off the Maine coast (43-40N; 70-03W), 1 November 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-289714, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
BB-35 Texas104kAt sea in the Hawaii area, while preparing for Pacific combat operations, 6 January 1945.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-277035, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas49kFeb, 1945 at Iwo Jima, an OS2U Kingfisher returns home while another OS2U is mounted on the turret catapult.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas99kOil on canvas print by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "The Pacific Lone Star".
This painting depicts the Texas (BB-35) bombarding Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.
Photo and text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-35 Texas 85k Texas (BB-35) underway off Iwo Jima during the landings there in February 1945. LSM-266 is in the right background. Photographed from Nevada (BB-36). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 80-G-303866. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas77kAn OS2U Kingfisher scout plane is seen before launch atop the middle turret while at Iwo Jima, Feb 1945.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas 72k Texas (BB-35) recovers a Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplane in a light rain at 1700 Hrs. on 16 February 1945, the first day of the Iwo Jima pre-invasion bombardment. The OS2U's radioman is riding the wing after hooking the plane to the recovery crane. Note details of the crane, aircraft recovery mat and net, 40mm quad gun mounting and the plane's color scheme and markings. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 80-G-309140. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-35 Texas135kJapanese Kamikaze pilot (L, between 2 black puffs, just above waterline) flying through hail of machine gun & antiaircraft fire from the battleship Texas (BB-35), which succeeded in downing the plane.Photo courtesy of time.com. via / images.google.com & Life.
BB-35 Texas83kA quad 40mm Bofors crew, note the life raft stowage. Circa 1945.USN photo.
BB-35 Texas21k The Texas (BB-35) in California, probably in San Francisco in early 1945. Photo courtesy of Rick Smith.
BB-35 Texas521k The Texas (BB-35) steams into the port of Los Angeles, California, sometime in mid October 1945. Over 5 ships brought 9,000 soldiers back from the Pacific Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-35 Texas80kTexas (BB-35) being moved from the mothball fleet by tugs for her final move to San Jacinto, Texas. Texas was towed to San Jacinto State Park in Texas where she was decommissioned on 21 April 1948 and turned over to the state of Texas to serve as a permanent memorial. U.S. Navy Photograph, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.

USS TEXAS BB-35 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Arthur E Mayle
Address: 911 Free Way Melbourne, FL, 32940-6929
Phone: 407-242-0026
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Special Feature Battleship Texas BB-35
87 Images of the only surviving American Dreadnought. 87 High Resolution Images also available.
Unofficial Web Site By D. Mitchell.
Great site detailing the restoration work on the Texas (BB-35) and tons of other information.
Battleship Texas - BB-35 By Charles Moore.
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official Web Site (State of Texas)

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