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BB-36 USS NEVADA
1943 - 1945

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Nevada Class Battleship: Displacement 27,500 Tons, Dimensions, 583' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 10 x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Triple Turrets, 16" Dual turrets, 3" Second (armor) Deck, 2 1/2" Third (splinter) Deck 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 864.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Fore River, Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA., November 4, 1912. Launched July 11, 1914. Commissioned March 11, 1916. Decommissioned August 29, 1946. Stricken August 12, 1948.
Fate: Target During Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Sunk, off Oahu, July 31 1948, by Gunfire from Iowa BB-61 and 3 Heavy Cruisers.
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Task Group 51133kPhoto of Task Group 51, the Attu force, May 1943.
Pennsylvania (BB-38) in the foreground with the battleships Idaho (BB-42) and Nevada (BB-36) in the background. The Nassau (CVE-16) is pictured astern of the Pennsylvania and provided air cover for the occupation of Attu Island from 11 through 20 May.
Photograph courtesy of Ray Daves via Fabia Pena & Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific(Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008). Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-38 Pennsylvania672kAttu Invasion Force at anchor in Cold Harbor, Alaska. May 1943. There were 3 Battleships present for the Attu Operation: Idaho (BB-42), Pennsylvania (BB-38) and Nevada (BB-36), while for the Kiska operation the Nevada had been replaced by the Tennessee (BB-43).
The Nevada (moored next to Aux and 2 flush decker DD's) had her top reduced to a single cylindrical structure and carried her Mk 37 directors in tandem with the fore mount being centered atop the bridge and the after mount being much lower and located where the Main tripod mast had originally stood and that mast being much reduced in height was moved to just aft the funnel with fire control station still atop it. To prevent the fire control crew from being smoked out the funnel was extended to the level of the base of the fore fire control station. Also she did not receive her search radars until she got to Norfolk after Attu. Between the director and the funnel extension, a view from the angle of this photo would easily hide the tripod nature of the mast. Operating on the assumption that the picture was taken at Cold Bay in 1943 this is a portion of the Attu Invasion force and therefore the other BB must be the Idaho.
Now lets look at the ship in the foreground. There were ony 4 ships assigned to the Attu Invasion equipped with closed dual mount 5"/38 shown; the 3 BB's and the Santa Fe (CL-60). We have accounted for 2 of these ships leaving only Pennsylvania and Santa Fe. The only other clearly define able object is the 40mm gun director tubto the right of the picture (under the weather shield). This appears to me to be the starboard side aft-most 5" gun mount on the Pennsylvania as the 40mm directors near the 5" turrets on the Santa Fe all seem to be mounted higher that the 5" gun not on the same level.
As this all started by looking at the Auxilliry, so lets go there next. Though the Navy made use of 8 or 9 commercial cargo ships for this operation, the ship in the photo seems to be carring a pennant number on her bow which makes her a Navy ship. The arrangement of the king posts, height of the funnel and the contour of the deck line convinces me that she is a Cimmeron class Oiler (probably why she is sharing her berth with so many others (note the 2 flushdeckers on her port side). This would make her either the Platte (AO-24) or the Guadelupe (AO-32).
Carol listed the the ship at the far left and the far right as flushdecker DD's. The ship to the left is head(stern?)-on to the camera and can not be identified and the copy of the photo I recieved was blurred along the right and left edges making the left most ship indistinguishable; if it is a flush decker I can't tell but probably not. The DD's assigned to this operation were a mix of Farragut's, Porter's, Benson's and a single Gleaves class. Most of the active Flushdeckers serving as escorts were in the guarding merchant convoys across the back water's of the war or were converted to other uses. In the case of Attu there were a total of 6 assigned; not one of them as destroyers. Included were a High Speed Destroyer Transport, Kane (APD-18), a Destroyer Seaplane Tender, Williamson (AVD-2), 2 Destroyer Mine Layers, Sicard (DM-21) and Pruitt (DM-22) (assigned as landing craft control vessels) and 2 Destroyer Mine Sweepers, Chandler (DMS-9) and Long (DMS-12). Which of these are nested nest to the Oiler I can't say, not enough detail, but this at least cuts the the possibilities down a great deal.
There is another ship in the picture that is difficult to make out. It is a pale sillouette in the middle background and appears to be PG-51 Charleston.
Photograph courtesy of Ray Daves via Fabia Pena & Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific(Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008).
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn, Ron Reeves & Aryeh Weterhorn.
BB-36 Nevada52kNevada (BB-36) anchored off San Francisco prior to transfer to the Atlantic. 1 July 1943. USN photo.
BB-36 Nevada69kNevada (BB-36) after a refit at Norfolk Navy Yard on 23 August 1943. Her tall sloping funnel is clearly shown. USN photo.
BB-36 Nevada120kA line drawing by A.L. Raven of the Nevada (BB-36) in 1944, as rebuilt after Pearl Harbor, with twin 5in/38 guns. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
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,USNHC # 80-G-367897, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada44kOil on canvas painting by the artist David Pentland entitled "Task Force 129".
United States Navy Battleship Nevada (BB-36), (foreground) and cruisers, HMS Glasgow (centre) and Quincy (CA-71) assembling in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland, 14 May 1944 in preparation for D-Day.
Partial text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-36 Nevada700kNevada (BB-36) bombards some body some where.U.S. Navy Photograph # N-3062A courtesy of David Buell.
BB-36 Nevada1.41kAn illustrated artwork by Howard Gerrard of the battleship Nevada (BB-36) opens fire with its main armament against the German defences on Utah Beach, dawn 6 June 1944. Nevada was part of Rear-Admiral Morton Deyo's bombardment Force A, located on the extreme right flank of the Allied invasion. Image scanned from Operation Neptune 1944 by Ken Ford, Osprey Publishing, courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo added 09/23/14.
BB-36 Nevada66kNevada (BB-36) bombards German positions ashore, while supporting the "Utah" Beach landings on 6 June 1944.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-231961, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada90kForward 14"/45 guns of Nevada (BB-36) fire on positions ashore, during the landings on "Utah" Beach, 6 June 1944.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-252412, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada77kAt Normandy, 6 June 1944. In her role as a support gunfire ship, the view can be a a bit messy. A view looking down at a 5in/38cal gun and quad 40mm Bofors mount. The main deck is literally covered with spent shell casings. USN photo.
BB-36 Nevada134k Nevada (BB-36) bombarding Cherbourg in 1944. She now has the SK on her foremast and her 5-inch is at the ready!U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-36 Nevada308kStern view of someone you would not want to meet in a dark alley.National Archives # 80-G-256191 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-36 Nevada72kThe photo captions from ACME Newspictures, Inc. of New York City, dated 15 September 1944 reads:
"VETERAN OF TWO WARS RETURNS TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK: A group of sailors survey the Nevada (BB-36), as she comes up the Hudson River. The first battleship to return from this summer's Normandy Invasion 6 June 1944. The 32,000-ton battleship, a veteran of World War I, served in the Attu Campaign, in the Pacific before being sent to the Atlantic. And she was at Pearl Harbor during the Jap Attack, being the only battleship to get underway."
Her gun barrels were relined at New York, and she sailed for the Pacific, arriving off Iwo Jima 16 February 1945 to give marines invading and fighting ashore her massive gunfire support through 7 March.
Note: This photo was censored before being released. Her SK-2 radar on the foretopmast has been obscured.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Official US Navy Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Ceiri.
BB-36 Nevada319kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 6B intended for the battleship Nevada (BB-36). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 14 October 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side, exposed decks and other horizontal surfaces, and the ends of her superstructure, gun mounts and turrets. Nevada wore this pattern in late 1944 and the first months of 1945.Text from U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-73631, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-36 Nevada83kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 6B intended for the battleship Nevada (BB-36). This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 14 October 1944. It shows the ship's port side, exposed decks and other horizontal surfaces, and the ends of her superstructure, gun mounts and turrets. Nevada wore this pattern in late 1944 and the first months of 1945.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-73630, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada1.30kStern view of the Nevada (BB-36) off Norfolk Navy Yard on 8 November 1944. Photo # 8877(44) courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-36 Nevada287kStarboard quarter view of the Nevada (BB-36) off Norfolk Navy Yard on 8 November 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of David Buell. Photo serial # 8876 (44.)
BB-36 Nevada204kPort broadside view of the Nevada (BB-36) off Norfolk Navy Yard on 8 November 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of David Buell. Photo serial # 8875 (44.)
BB-36 Nevada884kOverhead view of Nevada (BB-36). Photo # 80G-419697 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-36 Nevada612kNevada (BB-36) broadside. Photo # 80G-77069 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-36 Nevada284kAt Ulithi, 27 January 1945 the Pensacola (CA-24) formed with a battleship-cruiser-destroyer gun strike task force under Rear Admiral B. J. Rodgers. Six battleships, four cruisers and a destroyer screen comprised the bombardment force which sailed 10 February via Tinian to Iwo Jima.
Pictured here are the Nevada (BB-36), West Virginia (BB-48) & Pensacola.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
US Navy photo # USN N-3173, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-36 Nevada71kNevada (BB-36) inboard profile, 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-36 Nevada334kThe Nevada (BB-36) wearing the colors of the invasion forces in preparation for the invasion of Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945.Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com & i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-36 Nevada118kMain guns ready and trained towards Iwo Jima, crew members watch the landing craft head towards shore during the initial landings.USN photo.
BB-36 Nevada19kLCI's heading for the beach on Iwo Jima, discharging their troops, taken by Nevada (BB-36). U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-36 Nevada322kThe Nevada (BB-36) under fire while supporting UDT obstacle removal 2 days before the landings on Iwo Jima in February 1945.Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-42 Idaho58kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "By Dawn's Early Light".
At dawn on the second day of the Iwo Jima operation depicts the Idaho (BB-42) bombarding Mt. Suribachi. The aircraft are SB2C's from VB 17 Yorktown (CV-10). In the background is the Nevada (BB-36).
Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-36 Nevada59k Nevada (BB-36) bombarding Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. A North Carolina class battleship, probably Washington (BB-56) is in the left distance.
Note: The ship in the background is the Washington, as this ship doesn't have the secondary conn that the North Carolina (BB-55) had added on the tower foremast.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-K-3510, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo i.d. & partial text courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-36 Nevada61kNevada (BB-36) operating off Okinawa, circa March-May 1945. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 6B.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 104834, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-36 Nevada632kWounded men from the Nevada (BB-36) are transferred to an amphibious craft for further transfer to a Navy hospital ship. 11 men were killed, 41 wounded, when the big battleship was hit by a Jap suicide plane off Okinawa early in the morning of 27 March 1945. Photo # 841581 152 BuAer 274508; 09-7930-11, U.S. Navy BUMED Library and Archives, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-36 Nevada999kNevada (BB-36) being crashed by a Acchi 99 Val Kamikaze on 27th of March 1945 off Okinawa. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-36 Nevada22k Damage from a kamakaize attack on the Nevada (BB-36), 27 March 1945 off Okinawa.Photo from WII War Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-36 Nevada30k Damage from a Japanese shore battery 5 April 1945 off the coast of Okinawa,Photo from WWII Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-44 California82kPearl Harbor Veterans, the Tennessee (BB-43), California (BB-44) and Nevada (BB-36) steam out of Buckner Bay, Okinawa on 17 July 1945. All had been sunk or damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor.USN photo.
BB-36 Nevada1.20kOff the coast of Japan, 2nd September, 1945 & in Measure 22. Note the 20mm Oerlikons on her forecastle. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-36 Nevada240kBroadside view of the Nevada (BB-36) near an unknown shoreline.US Navy photo # 19-N-53288, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-36 Nevada380kNevada (BB-36) in an undated photo. BuAer photo, #74416 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-36 Nevada772kNevada (BB-36) photo from 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-36 Nevada657kThe Nevada (BB-36) on the morning of the 14th of August 1945, which was VJ Day, the day the fighting stopped. Nevada fought from the first day of WWII to the last and earned seven battlestars in the process. She steamed 137,027.34 miles, spent 389 days in combat zones, fired 5,028 14" rounds 18,297 5" rounds, 23,311 40mm rounds, 23,333 20mm rounds. She destroyed 5 Japanese, and 3 German planes, countless guns, tanks, bridges, supply dumps, fuel dumps, and ammunition dumps. She also neutralized an enemy battlecruiser, and 6-15" gun emplacements.Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-36 Nevada213kNevada (BB-36) after wars end in 1945. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.

Additional Nevada Images
1 General View Of Nevada From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS NEVADA BB-36 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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