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BB-46 USS MARYLAND
1943 - 1945

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Romeo - Charlie

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Colorado Class Battleship: Displacement 32,600 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' 4" (Max). Armament 8 x 16"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50AA 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" + 1 1/2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,900 SHP; Turbines with Electric Drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1080.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., April 24, 1917. Launched February 20, 1920. Commissioned July 21, 1921. Decommissioned April 3, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959.
Fate: Sold July 15, 1959 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-46 Maryland124kAnchored at Havannah Bay in the New Hebrides, circa Oct 1943, the Maryland (BB-46) and her sister Colorado (BB-45) were used to guard the Southern shipping lanes to and from Australia. In this photo you can easily see her cut down stump cage mainmast, carrying searchlights and 20mm A.A. guns. She was vulnerable as at this time she was only equipped with one main battery director, the other having been mounted on her former mainmast structure. If she had lost use of this director, she would have had only local, turret control of her main battery. This situation was not rectified until she was rebuilt in April, 1944.USN photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-46 Maryland75kTarawa Invasion, November 1943. Maryland (BB-46) firing her after 16"/45 guns, during the pre-invasion bombardment of Tarawa, 20 November 1943. Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, Commander, Task Force 53, and members of his staff are observing the bombardment from Maryland's port bridge, in the foreground.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-54398, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland220kUndated photo of the Maryland (BB-46) taking turret gun powder from an LST.Courtesy of Joe Radigan / USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland83k12 November 1943 photo of the Maryland (BB-46) firing practice salvos for the upcoming Tarawa invasion. Beginning 19th November, her 16" main battery would be providing fire support for the troops invading Tarawa.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland88kMaryland (BB-46) follows Tennessee (BB-43), in mid-Pacific, November 1943. Originally near sisters,note difference in beam and silhouette. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Warships of W.W. II by Paul H. Silverman, submitted by Robert Hirst.
BB-46 Maryland89kBow view, underway in March 1944.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland56kMaryland (BB-46) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 25 April 1944. Note her camouflage pattern. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 19-N-63820, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives Photo added 07/02/07.
BB-46 Maryland42k Maryland's (BB-46) bow view, starboard side at Puget Sound, Washington, 25 April 1944.USN photo # 1414-44, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box 4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-46 Maryland58k Maryland's (BB-46) stern view, starboard side at Puget Sound, Washington, 25 April 1944.USN photo # 1416-44, from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box 4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-46 Maryland90kMaryland (BB-46) running post-overhaul speed trials in Puget Sound, Washington, 26 April 1944. She is wearing a camouflage pattern. The scheme is almost certainly a member of the Measure 31-32-33 family. We just don't know the pattern number assigned.USNHC # 19-N-65057, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn. Partial text i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn & Chuck Haberlein.
BB-46 Maryland41kMaryland (BB-46) running post-overhaul speed trials in Puget Sound, Washington, 26 April 1944. She is wearing a camouflage pattern. The scheme is almost certainly a member of the Measure 31-32-33 family. We just don't know the pattern number assigned.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Photo i.d.& partial text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-46 Maryland85k26 April 1944 photo of the Maryland (BB-46) as rebuilt with the small control tower structure. She still retains her early war 5"/25 caliber dual purpose secondary mounts. These were not replaced with the twin 5"/38 caliber mounts until she was repaired from Kamikaze damage which occurred on 29 November 1944.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland182k Maryland (BB-46) in April 1944.USN photo. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein.
BB-46 Maryland107kGeneral view of the bow from the attack of 22 June 1944 by a Japanese airplane which dropped a torpedo which opened a gaping hole in Maryland's (BB-46) bow, ports side. Casualties were light and in 15 minutes she was underway for Eniwetok, and shortly thereafter to the repair yards at Pearl Harbor. With an around-the-clock effort by the shipyard workers, on 19 August, 34 days after arrival, the ship again steamed forth for the war zone.USN photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N), Box4, courtesy of Dan Treadwell. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-46 Maryland54kEntering drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard 10 July 1944, for torpedo (aerial) damage repair and the replacement of her bow. USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland82k Maryland (BB-46) is hit by a "Kamikaze" suicide plane in the evening of 29 November 1944, while operating off Leyte.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-270627, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland96k Maryland (BB-46) 5in/25cal gun and crew in action 1944.USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland21kDamage from a "Kamikaze" suicide plane on the Maryland (BB-46), 7 April 1945.Photo from WWII Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-46 Maryland77kOff the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, on 5 August 1945, after her final wartime overhaul.USNHC # 19-N-86952, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-46 Maryland40kOff Puget Sound Navy Yard after her final wartime overhaul on l5 August 1945. USN photo.
BB-46 Maryland85kA colored photo of the Maryland (BB-46) off Puget Sound Navy Yard after her final wartime overhaul on l5 August 1945. Courtesy of Eric Dahlstrom.
BB-46 Maryland101k A line drawing by A.L. Raven of the Maryland (BB-46) in August 1945, as refitted with twin 5in/38 guns. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-46 Maryland67k View of the Mainmast looking aft, starboard side of the Maryland (BB-46) on 21 August 1945 at her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Photo and text courtesy of Seattle NARA photo #45/4089. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White.
BB-46 Maryland64k View of the foremast radar looking forward, of the Maryland (BB-46) on 21 August 1945 at her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Photo and text courtesy of Seattle NARA photo #45/4090. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White.
BB-46 Maryland47k View of the foremast radar looking aft, of the Maryland (BB-46) on 21 August 1945 at her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Photo and text courtesy of Seattle NARA photo #45/4085. Record Group 181, 13th Naval District, Records of the Naval District & Shore Establishments, courtesy of Tracy White.
BB-46 Maryland116kBow on view of the Maryland (BB-46) sometime after her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 21 August 1945 and prior to her decommissioning 3 April 1947. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-46 Maryland155kBroadside view of the Maryland (BB-46) sometime after her final refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 21 August 1945.
Note the bow of an aircraft carrier off the Maryland's bow.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo added 07/04/07.
BB-46 Maryland116kAnchored in what is probably PSNY, the Maryland (BB-46) gets ready to return to the almost finished war and then would enter the "Magic Carpet" fleet.
During the next 4 months she made five voyages between the west coast and Pearl Harbor, returning more than 8,000 combat veterans to the United States.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.

Maryland BB-46 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(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. Richard W Beaman
Address: Watsonville, CA,
Phone: 408-722-4966
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the conry. 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.
HyperWar Pacific Theater of Operations.
Pearl Harbor Attack: Commander Battle Force Action Report Naval Historical Center

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