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BB-42 USS IDAHO
1930 - 1939

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Victor - Xray

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1919 - 1929
1940 - 1943
1944 - 1947


New Mexico Class Battleship: Displacement 32,000 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 5" x 31' 1" (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/50 22 x 5"/51, 8 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" +2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 32,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1084.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden, N.J., April 5, 1915. Launched January 25, 1917. Commissioned December 18, 1917.
Fate: Decommissioned 3 July, 1946 and was placed in reserve until sold for scrap 24 November, 1947 to Lipsett Inc., of New York City.

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BB-42 Idaho93kIdaho (BB-42) (foreground) and Texas (BB-35). Steaming at the rear of the battle line, during Battle Fleet practice off the California coast, circa 1930. Idaho's four triple 14"/50 gun turrets are trained on the starboard beam.USNHC # NH 73834.
BB-42 Idaho87kUnderway at sea, circa the mid-1930s.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97330, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-42 Idaho66kIdaho(BB-42), photographed in 1934. USN photo.
BB-42 Idaho66kThe Idaho (BB-42) appears here after her refit at Norfolk Nary Yard, 30 September 1931 - 9 October 1934. The veteran battleship received better armor, "blister" antisubmarine protection, better machinery, and tripod masts during this extensive overhaul, and was readied for many more years of useful naval service. USN photo # NH 5749, courtesy of Joseph Macdonald. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-42 Idaho397k Idaho (BB-42), photgraphed by J.M. Colasanti probably after completion of modernization on 9 October 1934, when the ship conducted shakedown in the Caribbean before returning to her home port, San Pedro, 17 April 1935. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-40 New Mexico & family242kNew Mexico(BB-40) and her sisters lie in anchor, probably at San Pedro California sometime between October 1934 & 6 December 1940 before she was transferred to Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of David Buell.
BB-42 Idaho123k Idaho (BB-42) in 1935. USN photo 80-G-466530, courtesy of interwarnavy.org via Bill Gonyo. Photo added 12/22/08.
BB-42 Idaho280kIdaho (BB-42) & one of her sisters, New Mexico (BB-40) or Mississippi (BB-41) at anchor in Seattle, circa during her participation in Fleet Week, July - August 1935.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Battleship Row1.3m1936 photo of Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor. Among the ships in the harbor are: On the far left are two New Orleans (CA-32) class heavy cruisers. Neither ship can be positively identified, but I believe the outer one (the one furthest from the camera) to be either New Orleans (CA-32), Quincy (CA-39), or Vincennes (CA-44).
The battleships from left to right: Colorado (BB-45), or West Virginia (BB-48), outboard of Idaho (BB-42), Nevada (BB-36), outboard of Mississippi (BB-41), New Mexico (BB-40), outboard of Maryland (BB-46) or California (BB-44).
On the far right is the Hospital ship Relief (AH-1) with two unidentified ships ahead and to her port side.
Text courtesy of David Johnston, (USNR) & Aryeh Wetherhorn (USNR). Photo courtesy of Edward Cwalinski, submitted by Barry Litchfield.
BB-42 Idaho128kShip's company posed on the after deck and after 14" gun turrets, circa 1938. Note Curtiss SOC-3 "Seagull" floatplanes, of Observation Squadron Three, atop the Turret # 3 catapult and on deck to port of the turrets.USNHC # NH 83900, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-42 Idaho212kClose up view of the Idaho (BB-42) after modernization, late 1930's. The three New Mexico's (BB-40-42) were the last to be rebuilt. They could be distinguished by their searchlight platforms. The Mississippi and Idaho (BB-42) had theirs far above their controls, with long struts, but the New Mexico(BB-40) hade her control cabins directly under the lights. Quite unlike their presecessors, they had tower masts supporting Mark-28 5-inch directors, the first to combine range finder and calculator into a single unit. The small cylinders were mark 31 directors, with an armored range finder at the forward end of the bridge structure. Below it, were secondary battery controls and battle lookout stations (note the eye slits), with the navigating bridge below that, then the chart house platform, the radio direction-finder platform, and the conning tower platform. Note the four 0.50-calibere machine guns visible on the latter. The radio direction finder itself was housed between the funnel and the bridge structure. The Idaho, fitted as a flagship, had a flag bridge below her navigating bridge. Her chart house was on the radio direction-finder platform. USN photo. Partial text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-42 Idaho100kIdaho (BB-42) in the lead and other battleships of the Pacific Fleet in line, late 1930's. Photo courtesy of Joseph Macdonald.
BB-42 Idaho97kThe ship's newspaper, the Idaho Yarn reports the changing of the guard of the Captains of the Idaho (BB-42), Sharp Jr., Alexander, CAPT (06), 12.08.1939 was replaced by McKinney, Stephen Booth CAPT (07). Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.

USS IDAHO BB-42 History
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(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. David Graham
Address: PO Box 711247 San Diego, CA, 92171-1247
Phone: None Listed
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
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
ussidaho.com By David Roye
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