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BB-37 USS OKLAHOMA
1912 - 1916

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - November

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1930 - December 6, 1941
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Nov 1943 - May 1947
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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, 24,800 IHP; 2 vertical, Triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 864.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., October 26, 1912. Launched March 23, 1914. Commissioned May 2, 1916. Decommissioned (War Loss). Stricken September 1, 1944.
Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft during attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Her hulk was raised in 1943, Sold for scrap December 5 1946. Hulk sank while under tow to breakers, 540 miles NE, Pearl Harbor, May 17, 1947. 20 Officers and 395 Men were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

In Memorium:

In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 19th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S.sailors who died defending their county:

"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay..."
Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
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Proposed B.S. #36269k"Proposed B.S. #36".
Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board during consideration of designs for Battleship # 36, which became the Nevada (BB-36 / 37) class. This plan, dated 4 March 1911, provides eight 14-inch guns, twin-screw reciprocating machinery and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 605 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 95 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 27,000 tons. The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # S-584-001.
BB-37 Oklahoma315kSilver Service Purchased by the State of Oklahoma at cost of S7,500 for Battleship Oklahoma (BB-37).Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from Tulsa Daily World. (Tulsa, Indian Territory [Okla.]) 1905-1919, 08 March 1914, MORNING EDITION, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet867k"Battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) on the ways before launching & Miss Cruce, her sponsor. Will stand under mistletoe to name huge dreadnought."
Champagne and State Flower To Be Used by Daughter of Oklahoma's Governor. Papa, She Says, Can't Come. Fearing to Leave State to Deputy.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 22 March 1914, Image 12, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-37 Oklahoma315kMODEL OF THE BIGGEST BATTLESHIP SOON TO BE LAUNCHED
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 22 March 1914, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Image 31, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 04/01/14.
Atlantic  Fleet1.84kUncle Sam's Newest Dreadnought Fastest and Largest Afloat Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 22 March 1914, SEVENTH SECTION, Image 74, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-37 Oklahoma42.57kThe Launching of Uncle Sam's Largest Dreadnought, the Battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) at the Camden Shipyards Last Monday at Noon.Image and text provided by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Photo from Tulsa Daily World. (Tulsa, Indian Territory [Okla.]) 1905-1919, 27 March 1914, MORNING EDITION, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-37 Oklahoma377kThe Oklahoma (BB-37) is launched 23 March 1914. Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Charles. O. Haimovits, from The Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 01 March 1914, Night Extra, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet46kTHE OKLAHOMA (BB-37) BEING TOWED TO BERTH AFTER LAUNCHING Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 March 1914, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet544kNEW BATTLESHIP OKLAHOMA (BB-37) AS SHE APPEARED JUST AFTER FIRE ABOARD
The cross shows where water is being pumped out of the turret in which the mysterious night blaze was discovered as the new vessel lay in the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company at Camden. That the ship is listing to a noticeable degree is evident from the direction of the waterline.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 20 July 1915, Financial Edition, Night Extra, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-37 Oklahoma 663k Run # 10 of the Oklahoma (BB-37), underway at 20.04 knots on preliminary trial at standardization course at Rockland, ME., 15 January 1916. US National Archives photo # 80G-1035099 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-37 Oklahoma 108k "U.S. super dreadnought Oklahoma (BB-37), latest and largest ship of the American Navy, shouldering along at more than twenty knots an hour on her first trial trip off the Maine coast a week ago." Photo by International News Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 23 January 1916, Page 7, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Insert photo courtesy of 1916 edition of Popular Science via Robert Hurst.
Atlantic  Fleet573kOKLAHOMA (BB-37) OUR NEWEST GIANT SEA FIGHTER OFF FOR ITS TRIALS
The battleship Oklahoma, latest super dreadnought to be added to the United States navy, here seen as she passed beneath the Brooklyn bridge on her way to the coast of Maine for official trials, stood the first tests well. She developed a speed of 21.47 knots.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library & University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by The Logan Republican.(Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 01 February 1916, Image 4 & The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, 28 January 1916, Image 3 courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet636kDREADNOUGHT OKLAHOMA (BB-37) COMPLETED, ENTERS SERVICE
The picture shows the latest addition to the navy as she appeared in the Delaware River after leaving the New York Shipbuilding yards in Camden for the Navy Yard, where she was put in commission this afternoon.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 02 May 1916, Night Extra, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet478kCEREMONIES ATTEND DREADNOUGHT OKLAHOMA'S (BB-37) ENTRY INTO SERVICE
This was the scene on the foreword deck of the Navy yard yesterday afternoon when her complement of 800 men and 50 officers were drawn up formally to receive the papers which put their ship into commission. Her flag, shown here, was the gift of the Daughters of Liberty and cost $500.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from The Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 03 May 1916, Night Extra, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic  Fleet162kChart house of the Oklahoma (BB-37), Navy Yard New York, 19 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet450kJunior Officer's Messroom, Navy Yard New York, 19 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet434kC.P.O. Messroom, Navy Yard New York, 19 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet474kSteering Room Showing Machinery, Navy Yard New York, 19 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Photo # 3173.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet432kWardroom Pantry, Navy Yard New York, 19 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet476k Laundry, Navy Yard New York, 19 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet466kWarrant Officers Messroom, Navy Yard New York, 24 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet442k Steering Room Showing Machinery, Navy Yard New York, 24 July 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Atlantic  Fleet561kPaint Room, Navy Yard New York, 5 August 1916. Photo Source: NARA College Park, Maryland, Record group "19-E-12-N USS Oklahoma BB-37 Interior 1916."
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-37 Oklahoma 104k Crewmen cleaning the center 14"/45 gun of the battleship's after turret, circa 1916. USNHC # NH 44422.
Atlantic  Fleet596kSPEED TEST OF THE BATTLESHIP OKLAHOMA (BB-37)
The United States battleship Oklahoma, sister ship of the Nevada (BB-36), on a recent demonstration trip for the navy department, when she developed a speed of 20.5 knots an hour. Her displacement is 27,500, and she cost nearly $6,000,000 to build. She carries ten 14-inch guns.
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune.(North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, 10 November 1916, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

USS OKLAHOMA BB-37 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. PAUL GOODYEAR
Address:1138 AVE OF COTTON CASA GRANDE AZ 85222
Phone: 520 421 0055
E-mail: PAUL GOODYEAR


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.


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