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BB-48 USS WEST VIRGINIA

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Delta - Golf


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 12, 1920. Launched November 19, 1921. Commissioned December 1, 1923. Decommissioned January 9, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959.
Fate: Sold August 2, 1959 and broken up for scrap.
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Maryland 597k GIGANTIC PROJECTED AMERICAN WARSHIPS WILL OUTCLASS WORLD'S GREATEST VESSELS
With the picture of the battle cruiser (upper picture) is shown that of the new projected battleship of the Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46), West Virginia (BB-48) and Washington (BB-47). They will be vessels of 32,600 tons, With twenty-one knots speed and carrying eight sixteen inch guns each. There will be twenty-two smaller guns besides four anti-air craft guns and torpedo tubes. Big as these ships will be they will be outclassed by the three still newer battleships already authorized, the ships of the 49, 50, 51 class.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 26 December 1916, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-48 West Virginia140k Keel of the West Virginia (BB-48) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., on 7 August 1920. USN photo from the Mariners Museum, courtesy of Myron J. Smith Jr, from his book "Mountainer State Battlewagon", from Pictorial Histories Publishing, Missoula, Montana.
BB-48 West Virginia188k Construction of the West Virginia (BB-48) on 2 May 1921. She is about 30% built at this stage. USN photo from the Mariners Museum, courtesy of Myron J. Smith Jr, from his book "Mountainer State Battlewagon", from Pictorial Histories Publishing, Missoula, Montana.
BB-48 West Virginia173k The West Virginia (BB-48) about to be launched Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA,, on 19 November 1921.USN photo from the Mariners Museum, courtesy of Myron J. Smith Jr, from his book "Mountainer State Battlewagon", from Pictorial Histories Publishing, Missoula, Montana.
BB-48 West Virginia 1.30k Miss Alice Mann about to christen the super dreadnought West Virginia (BB-48), the newest addition to Uncle Sam's navy and the seventh of the electric battleships, launched at Newport News last Saturday and destined to grace the scrap pile with in a few months under the naval reduction program. If the American plan is agreed to, the new $40,000,000 dreadnought, now 60 per cent complete, will never be finished. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 November 1921, Image 68, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-48 West Virginia310kMiss Alice Mann and her family (I believe) stand in this uncut photo before West Virginia (BB-48) was christened.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia484kThe unfinished West Virginia (BB-48) stands before christening.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia742kText reads "THE LEVIATHAN, the world's second largest vessel, safely tied up at Newport News; ready for reconditioning to again enter the trans-Atlantic service. The mammoth vessel, soon to be renamed the President Harding, made the trip down from Hoboken, where she had been tied up for three years, without mishap. A radio phone in each stateroom will be a feature of the liner when she again goes into passenger service. In contrast to the Leviathan is the dreadnought at the right in process of scraping."
Clearly, the ship is West Virginia (BB-48) fitting out (not being scrapped). She would have been at Newport News when Leviathan arrived for reconditioning in April 1922.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein & .
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 30 April 1922, Image 65, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-48 West Virginia101kNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Shipyard's pier area, February 1923. West Virginia (BB-48) is fitting out in the left center. In right center is S.S. Leviathan refitting for commercial service. US Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 93533 submitted by Robert Hurst.
BB-48 West Virginia283kWest Virginia (BB-48) bearing indicator MK IV MOD 4.Photo No. f1029n21, Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive - courtesy National Archive and Records Administration, Northeast Region - NYC, Record Group 181 via flickr.com.
BB-48 West Virginia88k The West Virginia (BB-48) on 2 November 1923. She would be the last battleship built until the North Carolina (BB-55) was started in 1940, due to restriction imposed by the 1922 Washington Conference on Limitation of Naval Armament. USN photo from the Mariners Museum, courtesy of Myron J. Smith Jr, from his book "Mountainer State Battlewagon", from Pictorial Histories Publishing, Missoula, Montana.
BB-48 West Virginia179kThe bow of West Virginia (BB-48) in dry dock at Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1924.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-48 West Virginia58kBow view of West Virginia (BB-48) anchored, possibly at Hampton Roads after the morning of 16 June 1924 when she experienced a loss of power and lost headway due to an engine casualty, and grounded on the soft mud bottom.
After repairs had been effected, West Virginia became flagship for the Commander, Battleship Divisions, Battle Fleet, on 30 October 1924, thus beginning her service as an integral part of the "backbone of the fleet" - as the battleships were regarded.
USN photo by Abrahams from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1924 submitted by Robert Hurst.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia58k Stern view of West Virginia (BB-48), 1924. USN photo by Abrahams from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1924 submitted by Robert Hurst.
BB-48 West Virginia80kThe silhouette of the West Virginia (BB-48) by moonlight. Taken about 1924. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia82kSailors aboard the West Virginia (BB-48) hoist a 16"/45 inch shell on board ship, circa 1924.Photo courtesy of Wendy Chandler via Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia82kSailors aboard the West Virginia (BB-48) posing on the fantail next to one of the ship's scout planes, circa 1924.Photo courtesy of Wendy Chandler via Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia184k Post card photo of the West Virginia (BB-48) going through the Panama Canal in October 1924. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-48 West Virginia427kWest Virginia (BB-48) transiting the Panama Canal in October 1924. Photo courtesy of Wayne McLaughlin via Fred Willshaw.
BB-48 West Virginia55kWest Virginia (BB-48) transiting the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal in October 1924. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-48 West Virginia23kThe forward guns of the West Virginia (BB-48) in high seas between 1924 and 1925.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia37kDeck of the West Virginia (BB-48) awash in high seas between 1924 and 1925.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Southern Cruise90kView from the deck of a one of the battleships looking aft of the Battle Fleet and a division of cruisers from the Scouting Fleet cruise to Australia and New Zealand. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia155k Sailors "man the rails" in honor of the President of Haiti and the U.S. Sec. of the Navy who were reviewing the fleet off the coast of Haiti, circa 1925. USN photo from the Mariners Museum, courtesy of Myron J. Smith Jr, from his book "Mountainer State Battlewagon", from Pictorial Histories Publishing, Missoula, Montana.
BB-48 West Virginia117kCaptain Thomas J. Senn was the commanding officer of the West Virginia (BB-48) at her commissioning. He was captain from 1 December 1923 to 5 May 1925. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and served as Assistant Chief of Naval Operations from 1925-1928. Photo from the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia197kCaptain Arthur J. Hepburn took command of the West Virginia (BB-48) on 5 May 1925 and was relieved on 5 June 1926.Photo scanned from the book, "Admiral William Veazie Pratt, U.S. Navy: A Sailor's Life", by Gerald E. Wheeler, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-45 Colorado106kThe United States Battle Fleet steaming in column off the California coast during the middle or later 1920s. The three leading ships are (in no particular order) Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46) and West Virginia (BB-48) followed by Tennessee (BB-43) and three older battleships. Photograph taken from California (BB-44). Official USN photo # 80-G-695093, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-45 Colorado54kThe photo here might be on the same occasion as the above, but from a different angle. Then again maybe not. It was taken off a 16mm film. Official USN photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
Battlefleet44kThe U.S. battle-fleet framed through a porthole. It was taken off a 16mm film. Photo might be from the same sequence as above.Official USN photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
BB-48 West Virginia272kThe West Virginia (BB-48) as flagship for the Commander, Battleship Divisions, Battle Fleet, followed by other battleships steaming in line ahead during the middle through later 1920's. Note SOC float-planes on the catapults.
The four leading ships behind her are (in no particular order) Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46), California (BB-44) & Tennessee (BB-43).
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia141kPhotographed in March 1926, while anchored with other ships of the U.S. Fleet. An Omaha class light cruiser is in the right distance, with destroyers beyond.Photograph # NH 46415, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia46kCaptain Wat Tyler Cluverius was the Commanding Officer of the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) from 5 June 1926 to 26 June 1928.Photo from the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia240kWith the Langley (CV-1) moored in the foreground and the Manhattan Bridge silhouetted in the background, the West Virginia (BB-48) is assisted by tugs and moved out of her berth in May, 1927.US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.253.7128.001 courtesy of Mike Green.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Charles Sauer.
Battlefleet122Watercolor of a Presidential review during President Hoover's term of office, 1928-32.
Crews line the rails of a Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) battleship as the ships pass in line astern of the reviewing stand with the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3) piercing the clouds accompanied by 9 biplanes.
Courtesy of Michael Schwarz.
Battlefleet56kView of the U.S. Battlefleet from above, possibly from the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3). Photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
BB-48 West Virginia221kCirca later 1920's plus photo of the West Virginia (BB-48). In order to keep pace with technological developments in ordnance, gunnery, and fire control-as well as engineering and aviation-the ship underwent modifications designed to increase the ship's capacity to perform her designed function. Some of the alterations effected included the replacement of her initial 3-inch antiaircraft battery with 5-inch/25-caliber dual-purpose guns; the addition of platforms for .50-caliber machine guns at the foremast and maintop; and the addition of catapults on her quarterdeck, aft, and on her number III, or "high" turret. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia110kCapt. Edward Theodore Constein was commanding officer of the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) from 15 June 1929 to 26 June 1930. Photo from the Arnold Genthe Collection (Library of Congress) via Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia411kThe West Virginia (BB-48) with an O3U-1, designated 5-2, mounted on a Mark IV catapult atop #3 Turret in 1930.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia16k Commemorative postal cover marking the West Virginia's (BB-48) "Iron Man Award", 4 July 1932. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-34 New York413k New York (BB-34) ahead of Pennsylvania (BB-38). The next ship ahead is a Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) based on the slope of the turret roofs. (Uniform slope back to front - no kink like the twin 16" mounts on the Colorado's (BB-45). Based on the relatively full appearance of the forward superstructure, I am leaning toward California (BB-44) which had an enlarged flag bridge as Battle Force Flagship. The other three are obviously Tennessee (BB-43) and/or Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) but are too indistinct to ID specifically. Because of the boom cranes on the sterns, the photo was taken between 1931 and 1934. Photo courtesy of Kerry Garrett.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
BB-48 West Virginia110kCapt. Walter Stratton Anderson commanded West Virginia (BB-48) from January 1932 until April 1933. West Virginia won the battle efficiency pennant for the entirety of his command, a record that stands unique for a battleship and for a captain.Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command via Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia112k Under refit at Puget Sound Naval Yard, 21 August 1933. The small circular platforms on her foremast had been erected for her Mark 19 anti-aircraft directors, which were connected in the unusual anti-aircraft range-finder shown. This range finder could be turned both horizontally and vertically.
About 1940, Mark 19's in the fleet were enclosed in small armored boxes and provided with stereoscopic range finders. It is these enclosed directors that appear in photos of the battleships at Pearl Harbor.
Note also the wire connecting the roof of the 20 foot range-finder atop the pilot house to the foremast itself, with the range "clock" (concentration dial) for communicating the range to other ships. A similar clock was mounted on the mainmast. Both could be rotated so they could be viewed by other ships not exactly in line ahead.
Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-48 West Virginia212k Under refit at Puget Sound Naval Yard, 21 August 1933. The structure atop each mast contained, from top to bottom, the main battery director, the main battery spotters and fire controls, and a pair of secondary battery directors, which obtained their ranges from small armored range-finders below the Mark 19 platform. Visible on the bridge wing are a perilous, a small signalling light, and a 24-inch signalling searchlight with flag lockers at the rear.
Note also the roof of the conning tower, with its array of periscopes. Initially, the front of the conning tower was allocated for ship control. The rear half was an armored fire control tower, served by special spotting glasses.
At the time of this photo, U.S. battleships were just being fitted with eight 0.50 caliber water cooled machine guns, each as a anti-strafing measure. Note the large "Es" for engineering & presumably tactical excellence, on the ship's after funnel and on the signal bridge side abeam the machine guns, and the ship's number (48) atop her # 2 turret, in white.
Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-38 Pennsylvania134kIdentifiable ships in this photo possibly at Puget Sound circa 1933 are, from left to right:
U.S. Crane Ship No. 1 ex-Kearsarge (BB-5), & Seaplane Tender Jason (AV-2), one of the Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) battleships, [possibly the West Virginia (BB-48)] in the dry dock and a Pennsylvania class (BB-38 / 39) along the pier.
The aircraft carrier in the photo is the Saratoga (CV-3) (note the "SARA" on the flight deck aft).
USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Photo & partial text I.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn & David C. Nilsen.
BB-48 West Virginia50kThe West Virginia (BB-48) about to make a statement with all her main turrets trained to starboard during exercises. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia1.00k West Virginia (BB-48). One good turn deserves another. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-48 West Virginia44kPhoto believed to be of a Damage Control party and the tools of their trade aboard the West Virginia (BB-48) during the 1930s.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia51kCaptain Harold R. Stark was the Commanding Officer of West Virginia (BB-48) from 1933 to 1934. Photograph taken circa 1926-34. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 93280. Collection of Admiral Harold R. Stark.
BB-48 West Virginia83kStarboard view, location unknown, circa 1934.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-48 West Virginia141kPort side view, in New York City Harbor, circa 1934.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-48 West Virginia143kOil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "West Virginia (BB-48) - 1930's" depicts the battleship sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-48 West Virginia336kThe West Virginia (BB-48) sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge. The above painting by the artist James Flood was inspired by this photo. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona2.19k West Virginia (BB-48) in New York on 31 May 1934. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-48 West Virginia232kStarboard side view, in San Francisco Harbor with the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge being built, circa 1934.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-48 West Virginia107kThe West Virginia (BB-48) underway in San Francisco sails past Alcatraz Island, circa. 1934.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-48 West Virginia112kIn San Francisco Bay, California, circa 1934.Photo # 80-G-1027204, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia237kWest Virginia (BB-48) officers and CinCus staff pose in the officers' wardroom, circa 1934-36. Among those posing for the photo is future RADM Frederick J. Bell. At the time Bell was a LT serving as Flag Secretary and Operations Officer to VADM Thomas T. Craven, (first row, 3rd on the left, who looks remarkably like Admiral Husband E. Kimmel). When Craven returned to shore duty in 1935, Bell remained on the WV as Main Battery Assistant and Tactical Officer until 1936. Bell later went on to command the destroyer Grayson during the WW II, earning the Navy Cross during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August 1942. Bell is in the back row, extreme right.From the estate of RADM Frederick J. Bell. Submitted by Tom Lane.
BB-48 West Virginia223kWest Virginia (BB-48) officers and CinCus staff pose under one of the ship's 16"/45 gun turrets, circa 1934-36. Among those posing for the photo is future RADM Frederick J. Bell, in the back row, 3rd from right. From the estate of RADM Frederick J. Bell. Submitted by Tom Lane.
BB-48 West Virginia589kAerial view of Pearl Harbor on 25 May 1935 showing the West Virginia (BB-48) making a turn at Hospital Point. The Langley (CV-1) is moored at Ford Island.US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.029.001 via Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia248kThe West Virginia (BB-48) in a 1935 photo of the ship's 4th division. The author's father is in the first row, 6th photo.From the collection of Capt. TC Edrington III PhD, USN - Courtesy daughter Kyra Larn and son Thomas C. IV.
BB-48 West Virginia91k23 August 1935 photo in her final pre-war configuration.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia351kOctober 1935, starboard view, with the Hawaiian mountains in the background.USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp. Photo i.d. courtesy of Jesse P. Mannix.
BB-48 West Virginia47kVice Admiral William D. Leahy, USN,Commander, Battleships, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet on board his flagship, West Virginia (BB-48), off Long Beach, California, September 1935. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 49862. Collection of Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Battleship Row1.80kVery large (1.80k.b) 1936 photo of Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor. Among the ships in the harbor are:
The two New Orleans (CA-32) class cruisers on the far left are the Minneapolis (CA-36) nearer the camera with New Orleans (CA-32) behind. Both have the curved-faced turrets, limiting them to the CA-32/34/36 group. Within that group, only New Orleans lacked the glassed-in navigation bridge (below the pilothouse), and minor superstructure variations point to the other being Minneapolis rather than Astoria (CA-34).
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) & Richard Jensen.
Photo courtesy of Edward Cwalinski, submitted by Barry Litchfield.
BB-44 California188kAerial, starboard bow, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, under construction on 11 October 1936.National Archives # 80-CF-2055-8
BB-48 West Virginia1.1mHeaving homeward-painting by R.C. Patterson. The West Virginia (BB-48) is shown leading a column in staggered formation. February 1938. USNI photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia87kCaptain Henry Martin Jensen was the Commanding Officer of the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) from 14 May 1938 to 5 January 1940. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-48 West Virginia634kWest Virginia (BB-48) with boats out in 1939.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-48 West Virginia634kWest Virginia (BB-48) 31 May 1934USN photo # 80-G-414589 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia450kOil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci showing The West Virginia (BB-48) leading the Battlefleet into San Fransisco Bay in 1939. The piece is entitled "Pacific Battleline". The painting is form the collection of Sterling Supply Co Huntington WV artbywayne.com
BB-48 West Virginia137kThe crew of the West Virginia (BB-48) line the rails during exercises in 1939. In the background are a heavy cruiser of the Pensacola (CA-24) class, a 4 stack destroyer and a smaller craft. USN photo # 80-G-466161 courtesy of interwarnavy.org via Bill Gonyo. /TD>
Colorado class68k West Virginia (BB-48), Maryland (BB-46) and the Colorado (BB-45) (in the rear) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1939-40. USN photo by Albert Weigandt & submitted by James D. Card, QMCS (SW/AW).
BB-38 Pennsylvania & Colorado class119kPennsylvania (BB-38) & or Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46) & or West Virginia (BB-48) at 1010 dock sometime after returning to Pearl Harbor, circa 1939-40. USN photo by Albert Weigandt & submitted by James D. Card, QMCS (SW/AW). Partial text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. courtesy of Tom Bateman.
BB-48 West Virginia250kAerial view underway, 9 February 1939. National Archives Photograph # 80-G-466161.
BB-48 West Virginia65k West Virginia (BB-48) inboard profile, 1939. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-48 West Virginia43kUndated, pre-war color portrait of West Virginia (BB-48) entering what might be San Francisco.Copyright & courtesy of Harold Monk.
BB-48 West Virginia281k Late 1930's - early 1940 photo of the West Virginia (BB-48) by George Winstead. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-48 West Virginia163kOff to the races as the crew of the West Virginia (BB-48) compete during maneuvers in Hawaii in 1940.Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of time.com. via Life.
BB-40 New Mexico & family463kProbable front and rear photos here and below showing formations of aircraft flying over U.S. Navy battleships during exercises at sea, circa late 1930's - 1940.
Pictured here is a New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleship in the van with other battleships of the Pacific Fleet and a carrier air group, led by the Air Group Commander in a Curtiss SBC Helldiver.
The aircraft following are:
A torpedo squadron of eighteen Douglas TBD-1s;
A bombing squadron of eighteen Northrop BT-1s;
A scouting squadron eighteen Curtiss SBCs;
A fighting squadron of eighteen Grumman F2F-1s or F3F-3s from either the Yorktown (CV-5) or F3F-2s from the Enterprise (CV-6), plus possibly nine additional aircraft.
The Yorktown and Enterprise were the only two carriers whose bombing squadrons were equipped with the Northrop BT-1.
The text for the photo reads:
"The Navy uses enormous amounts of rubber. At least seventy-five tons of rubber, enough to makes 17,000 tires, are used in the construction of each of these battleships. Tons more are needed for the naval planes that are making history over the world. Medical and communication requirements--and countless other needs of the Navy--are met."
The lead BB looks like Mississippi (BB-41) followed by Maryland (BB-46) (rangefinder on Turret II). My first impression of the Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) is the Tennessee (BB-43), but that is not a certain ID from this photo alone. Fourth is the Oklahoma (BB-37) (no birdbath). Aside from the DD now in the lead, I see nothing in the head-on shot aerial that positively differs from the ID's of the first 4 BB's in the first photo. Of course, in the aft aerial shot, BB #5 is the California (BB-44), ID'd by the enlarged flag bridge, lending support to BB #3 in the first photo being Tennessee. Everything I see supports these three photos all being part of the same operation with at least the first 5 BB's remaining in the same order.
Photograph # LC-USE64 - DC-000944 & partial text courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Battleship i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. & text & timeline courtesy of Alan Moore via the following sources: Airplane i.d.: Yorktown Class Carriers (Warship Pictorial No. 9) by Steve Wiper, Tucson, AZ: Classic Warships Publishing, 2000. & That Gallant Ship: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5) by Robert Cressman, Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub Co, 1985. Timeline from Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-40 New Mexico & family1.62kProbable front and rear photos here and above showing formations of aircraft flying over U.S. Navy battleships during exercises at sea, circa late 1930's - 1940.
In both photos, one of the New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) is leading the BB column while the remaining battleships have dual masthead fire control structures.
The air group formation in the two photos appears to be similar. The composition of 18 TBDs, 18 BT-1s, 18 SBCs, and 27 fighters is easier to distinguish in the front/surface view. I'm assuming, based on total aircraft count alone, that the formation in the rear/aerial view is the same. (The perspective makes it difficult to sort the monoplanes and biplanes into their respective types.) The only difference is that in the front/surface view the formation is lead by a Curtiss SBC Helldiver (likely the Air Group Commander) but in the rear/aerial view that lead Helldiver is not present. I suppose it's possible that the photographer was in that Helldiver's rear seat. What stands out for me is the presence of nine extra fighters beyond the normal squadron composition of 18, as seen in the other three squadrons in this formation.
Photo i.d courtesy of Chuck Haberlein, Richard Jensen, Aryeh Wetherhorn, & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Battleship i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. & text courtesy of Alan Moore.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 2008.104.001.234.
BB-39 Arizona1.31kBetween 9 & 13 September 1940 the Arizona (BB-39) was under way with other ships of the US Fleet for simulated fleet engagement. She is pictured here in company with other ships of the Pacific Fleet taken during Fleet Ops. and at least one carrier air group.US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.235 courtesy of Alan Moore.
Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-39 Arizona367kColumn Right!
Arizona (BB-39), New Mexico (BB-40) & West Virginia (BB-48) and other ships of the Pacific Fleet taken during Fleet Ops in October 1940.
This photo is more than likely from the LIFE issue of 28 October 1940: "The Navy: LIFE Goes into Action with the U.S. Fleet".
One of the introductory paragraphs reads as follows:
"To show itself to the American people, the U.S. Navy has co-operated with LIFE in this issue. LIFE photographers and reporters examined naval schools, ammunition depots, bases, destroyers, battleships, the War College, etc. Finally a LIFE crew sailed on the U.S. Fleet maneuvers last month off Pearl Harbor in mid-Pacific."
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.235 courtesy of Alan Moore.
Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991 & "The Navy: LIFE Goes into Action with the U.S. Fleet". Life. New York: Time, Inc., Vol 9 No 18 (28 October 1940). p23.
BB-48 West Virginia124kThe band strikes up a tune to "Help put their hands together" to Buy Bonds.
The West Virginia (BB-48) and other elements of the Pacific Fleet are up close and personal in this pre war photo.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Hit 399k Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit West Virginia (BB-48) on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada (BB-36), Arizona (BB-39), Tennessee (BB-43) (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (BB-37) (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland (BB-46), and California (BB-44). On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit (CL-8) and Raleigh (CL-7), target and training ship Utah (BB-31) and seaplane tender Tangier (AV-8). Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right. U.S. Navy planes on the seaplane ramp are on fire. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry. Text courtesy of wikipedia.com.
Official U.S. Navy photograph NH 50930.
BB-37 Oklahoma 3.42k The Oklahoma (BB-37) & West Virginia (BB-48) take their initial torpedo hits on 7 December. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
BB-37 Oklahoma 1.16k The Oklahoma (BB-37) & West Virginia (BB-48) take their initial torpedo hits on 7 December. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 2.92k Japanese photo of Battleship Row during 7 December attack.
Note the oil spilling out from bomb & toroedo hits in the first few minutes. From left to right: Nevada (BB-36), Vestal (AR-4) (outboard), Arizona (BB-39), West Virginia (BB-48) (outboard), Tennessee (BB-43), Oklahoma (BB-37) (outboard), Maryland (BB-46), & Neosho (AO-23) forward.
Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 1.01k Japanese post card of bombers over Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 3.24k Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - Hickam Field. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
BB-37 Oklahoma 86k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Last Torpedo". The Oklahoma (BB-37) starts to capsize. The ship had no watertight integrity, as all portholes and watertight doors were open for Captain's inspection when the Japanese attacked. Maryland (BB-46) is at left, and Tennessee (BB-43) is behind and to the left of the Oklahoma, and West Virginia (BB-48) is directly behind her and sinking. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
The Raid on Pearl Harbor63kOil on canvas painting by the artist Ivan Berryman entitled "The Raid on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941 ", depicting the view across 'Battleship Row', viewed from above Ford Island as the Nevada (BB-36) gallantly makes her break for the open sea, coming under heavy attack from Japanese A6M2s from the carrier Hiryu. The Nevada as eventually too badly damaged to continue and was beached to avoid blocking the harbour entrance. In the immediate foreground, the lightly damaged Tennessee (BB-43) is trapped inboard of West Virginia (BB-48) which has sunk at her moorings, leaking burning oil and hampering the daring operations to pluck trapped crew members from her decks, while just visible to the right is the stern of the Maryland (BB-46) and the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37). Photo and partial text courtesy of military-art.com.
BB-48 West Virginia120kSailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard of the sunken battleship. Note extensive distortion of West Virginia's lower midships superstructure, caused by torpedoes that exploded below that location. Also note 5"/25 gun, still partially covered with canvas, boat crane swung outboard and empty boat cradles near the smokestacks, and base of radar antenna atop West Virginia's foremast. Official USN photo # C-5904, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-37 Oklahoma 345k Doris Miller stands in the bow of a motor launch near the West Virginia (BB-48) on 7 December. Photo courtesy of David Aiken, Director: Pearl Harbor History Associates, Inc.
BB-37 Oklahoma 1.18k A Japanese B5N torpedo aircraft makes the 1st run on the West Virginia (BB-48) on 7 December.
Photo from the 9 page PDF above.
Photo courtesy of David Aiken, Director: Pearl Harbor History Associates, Inc.
BB-48 West Virginia109kAttack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941: West Virginia (BB-48) sunk at anchor after her fires were put out. Her OS2U plane upside down on her deck with another plane burned out on the catapult. Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard. Note radar on West Virginia's foremast. National Archives Photograph # 80-G-19945.
BB-48 West Virginia92kWith help from the crew of the Tern (AM-31), the fires aboard the sunken West Virginia (BB-48) are slowly being extinguished. Note radar antenna, paravanes and 16"/45 twin gun turrets on the battleship.National Archives Photograph # NH 64477.
BB-48 West Virginia85kSmall craft standing by West Virginia (BB-48) as burning oil drifts past the sunken battleship, shortly after the end of the Japanese air raid. Tennessee (BB-43) is moored on West Virginia's starboard side. Both ships are shrouded in smoke from the burning Arizona (BB-39), out of view to the right.National Archives Photograph # NH 94379.
BB-48 West Virginia102kThis photo shows the fires being fought on the sunken battleship West Virginia (BB-48), 7 December 1941. The garbage lighter YG-17 is at right, with her crewmen playing two fire hoses at the flames. Assisting or standing by are a motor launch and an officer's motorboat. Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard of West Virginia .Official USN photo # 80-G-19947, courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona610kAftermath of the Japanese sneak attack on these three stricken U.S. battleships; from left to right: West Virginia (BB-48) (severely damaged), Tennessee (BB-43) (damaged), and the Arizona (BB-39) (sunk).NARA #(NLR-PHOCO-A-65458) courtesy of fdrlibrary.marist.edu
BB-48 West Virginia50kThe West Virginia (BB-48) on the bottom, with the Tennessee (BB-43) inboard. Photograph taken 10 December 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia25kThe West Virginia (BB-48) showing collapsed gun deck, with the Tennessee (BB-43) inboard. Photograph taken 10 December 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia86kThe West Virginia (BB-48) on the left, 3/4 rear view showing general damage, with the Tennessee (BB-43) on the right. Photograph taken 10 December 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia74kCaptain Mervyn Sharp Bennion, USN, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for devotion to duty and courage during the Pearl Harbor attack, 7 December 1941, while serving as Commanding Officer of West Virginia (BB-48). Photo # NH 56151, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia 55kDoris Miller, Mess Attendant Second Class, USN (1919-1943). Just after being presented with the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, on board Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, 27 May 1942. The medal was awarded for heroism on board West Virginia (BB-48) during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941.Official USN photo # 80-G-408456, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia108kLooking over the main turrets to the upturned Oklahoma (BB-37). The Maryland (BB-46) which had been alongside the Oklahoma, was released and moved away on 9 December. The forward most of Tennessee's (BB-43) two concrete mooring quays was next demolished, a delicate task since the ship's hull was resting against it, and had been cleared away by 16 December. This photo is dated sometime after that. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia87kView of West Virginia (BB-48) showing effect of bomb and fire damage, Photograph taken on 5 January 1942.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia89kPhoto of the West Virginia's (BB-48) port forecastle. The port side decking has been removed and the Mobile Salvage Unit has piled debris, trash and charred lumber for disposal. Photograph taken on 5 January 1942. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia25k'A' Braces for Patch Frames 43-52 Port Side. Photo taken on 16 March 1942. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia 129k Interior of gallery showing secondary gun. Bomb probably fell in or below gallery and torpedo below water, causing the collapse of the entire deck, which fell completely and brought the secondary battery down to the main deck level. Photograph taken 16 March 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage 23 (Photo 802).
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia 147k "A" braces for patch frames 63-99, port side. Photograph taken 16 March 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage 20 (Photo 836).
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia 137k "A" braces for patch frames 43-52, port side. Photograph taken 16 March 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage 25 (Photo 837).
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia 150k The A-frames used for securing the West Virginia's (BB-48) forward patch are shown in this 16 March 1942 photo. The frames extended over the deck edge and are secured with the wires seen. Chain falls for holding the patch sections run along the I-beam attached to the outside of the frames. Text courtesy of "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen via Mike Green.
Photo from 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage 21 (Photo 838).
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia46kWrecked by torpedo explosions - second deck of the West Virginia (BB-48), showing salvage patch already installed, with frame numbers marked on it.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia620kPatches for man-of-war: the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock showing the enormous patches rising like a fortress wall.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia119k Lower portion of a patch prepared for use in salvaging West Virginia (BB-48) at Pearl Harbor, 1942. Projecting steel beams fit under the ship's armor belt. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 64489, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia 110k West Virginia's (BB-48) Mainmast removed by YD-25 & YT-146 Hoga on 24 March 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage 25 (Photo 837).
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia91kLead weight in place on patch. Approximate frame B-1 port. Photograph taken 18 April 1942.1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia113kPhoto of a section of the long patch being lowered into position on the West Virginia's (BB-48) port side. After getting into close position, the patch will be transferred from the derrick hook to the chain fall for final positioning. Divers, on the float alongside, prepare to do the final positioning of the patch. Photograph taken 24 April 1942. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia282kPhoto looking down the length of a patch end section,resting on a barge moored alongside the West Virginia (BB-48). Visible are cutouts for the armor belt and the hull shaping of the patch. The hull of the Oklahoma (BB-37) is seen at the upper left of the photo. Photograph taken 24 April 1942. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia55k The size of the patch sections used on the West Virginia (BB-48) are evident in this photo, as this one is lifted clear of the water. The wale spacings are closer at the bottom than at the top due to the increased water pressure. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia80k Pacific Bridge workmen are seen pouring concrete through tremie pipes on 2 May 1942. This work is sealing the bottom of the forward patch. The pipe just forward was used to seal the end patch section from the bottom to the water line. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia 132k West Virginia (BB-48) Amidships 10-inch Pump Line, frame 61, port side. Photograph taken on 4 May 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia 132k West Virginia (BB-48) Centrifugal Pump on main-deck forward turret #3, starboard side. Photograph taken on 4 May 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia 110k Floating Catwalk, starboard side to beach. Photograph taken on 4 May 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia132kWest Virginia (BB-48). This pump is located on the starboard side of #3 turret. Photograph taken on 5 May 1942. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia38kShort Patch, Port Side. Photograph taken on 5 May 1942.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia105kOfficers relaxing in their mess aboard the battleship on 7 May 1942, while she was under salvage at Pearl Harbor. Note Coca-Cola bottles on table, M1903 rifles in racks on the bulkhead at left and poster attached there. The poster shows a careless worker receiving a medal from a Japanese officer, and the inscription: "For distinguished service to the Axis ... For Loafing. He slept on the job ... He waited for his helper ... He waited for his material ... He did not keep his group busy ... He started late ... He quit early ... No good American is willingly idle, now which side are you on?".USNHC # NH 83061.
BB-48 West Virginia 178k West Virginia (BB-48) Armor Break Frame 70. Photograph taken on 14 May 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia106k 21 May 1942 photo of the West Virginia's (BB-48) crew wetting down and checking powder canisters removed from the magazines. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia 119k 17.5 inch Torpedo Air Flask found on the 2nd deck, port side, frame 78. Photograph taken on 27 May 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 806k Admiral Chester W. Nimitz presents awards on the flight deck of the carrier Enterprise (CV-6) moored at Pearl Harbor on 5/27/1942. Note the battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) (capsized, nearest to camera) & West Virginia (BB-48) & Arizona (BB-39) behind her.
One of those visible receiving a medal is Dorie Miller, an African-American messman who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions on board the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Photo from the collection of Robert L. Lawson.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.272.007.
BB-48 West Virginia 156k Dud bomb found at frame 63, port side 2nd deck. Approximate weight 1,750 pounds. Photograph taken on 30 May 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia 236k West Virginia (BB-48) Drydock bound in June, 1942, was raised sufficiently to enable her to be towed to drydock. She is shown here being maneuvered by tugs, preliminary to the start of repairs. Library of Congress photo # LC-USE6-D-007410 via Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia115kView of West Virginia (BB-48) some time shortly before being moved to Drydock # 1.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia24kBeing moved to dry-dock after being re-floated, 1 June 1942. USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia 171k West Virginia (BB-48) 2nd Deck, Frame 69 damage. Photograph taken on 5 June 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia1.20kProgress picture # 4 entering drydock.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia33k9 June 1942, en-route to No. 1 Drydock.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia484kIn drydock.USN photo # 80G-16512 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-48 West Virginia103k9 June 1942 photo of the West Virginia (BB-48) being eased into Dry-dock #1. The ship is hugging the starboard side of the dock to avoid bumping and damaging the port side patches. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia 105k West Virginia (BB-48) Hull damage from Tennessee (BB-43). Photograph taken on 10 June 1942. 1942 June BB48 Report of Salvage.
Photo Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence files 1941-45.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia101kIn drydock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 10 June 1942, for repair of damage suffered in the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. She had entered the drydock on the previous day. Note large patch on her hull amidships, fouling on her hull, and large armor belt. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-13154, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia90k10 June 1942 photo of the stern damage to the West Virginia (BB-48). Initially missed, the stern had to be patched, as water tight integrity was completely gone. The rudder had been blown off the ship and crews had to go back to her moorage and retrieve it. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia112kView of her port side amidships, seen from the floor of Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, in June 1942, as patches were being removed. Note the massive damage to hull plating inflicted by several Japanese Type 91 torpedoes that struck this area during the 7 December 1941 air raid. The battleship's side armor belt, at the top of the hole, is seriously distorted.View looks aft, with a patch still in place at the far end of the damage area.USNHC # NH 82058.
BB-48 West Virginia118kThe West Virginia (BB-48) missing rudder is recovered on 11 June 1942. Photo from the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia145kWest Virginia (BB-48) in Drydock Number One at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 11 June 1942. View looks aft along her port side from about Frame 64, showing distortion of the armor belt and damaged hull structure above and below. Several Japanese Type 91 torpedoes had detonated in this area during the 7 December 1941 air raid.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 64488, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia169kWide angle shot of the ship in dry-dock on 14 June 1942. The port side damage is clearly seen here. Note the rail-tank cars in the foreground. The initials on the tank car are N. Y. P. H. (Naval Yard Pearl Harbor) followed by the inscription "SLUDGE CAR". I assume that this is material pumped out of the ship while cleaning her out.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia49kWest Virginia (BB-48) view from aloft off the port beam shown here on 16 June 1942. Note that the king post of the port boat crane has been removed.USN photo #1873-42 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia99kWest Virginia (BB-48) shown here on 17 June 1942 being made seaworthy for the trip to the mainland for permanent repairs. The extent of the damage to the port side above the armor belt is evident in these two photos. The shallow depth running of the torpedoes and the initial list of the ship concentrated most of the damage above the side protective armor belt of the ship. A total of seven torpedoes and two bombs (modified 16"armor piercing naval shells fitted with fins) struck the ship during the Japanese attack.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia136kSee # 10 Above.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia131kIn Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 17 June 1942. She was receiving repairs for the massive damage she received in the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack. Note that her hull side and upper deck amidships has been cut away. National Archives # NH 83057.
Trout 21k Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. Vertical aerial view of the drydock area, 28 July 1942. Floating drydock YFD-2 is at left, with Alywin (DD-355) inside. Small drydock in center holds Growler (SS-215) and Nautilus (SS-168). Litchfield (DD-336) and an ARD floating drydock are in Drydock # 2, in right center. Drydock # 1, at right, contains West Virginia (BB-48). Submarines partially visible alongside 1010 Dock, in the extreme upper right, are Trout (SS-202) and Pollack (SS-180). Note anti-torpedo nets and booms protecting this area. Official USN photo # NH 83998, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.
Pearl Harbor106kPearl Harbor, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii view looking northward, with the Navy Yard industrial area in the foreground and the Marine Barracks in the lower right, 28 July 1942. Ford Island is at left, with Oklahoma (BB-37) and Arizona (BB-39) under salvage nearby. San Diego (CL-53) is in the upper center.
West Virginia (BB-48) is in Drydock Number One, in the lower left, and California (BB-44) is alongside the wharf at the extreme right. Cruisers alongside the pier in right center are Northampton (CA-26) (left) and Pensacola (CA-24). Submarines alongside 1010 Dock, just beyond Drydock # 1, are Trout (SS-202), Pollack (SS-180), Dolphin (SS-169) and Cachalot (SS-170)Note camouflage on many of the Navy Yard's buildings.
Official USN photo # NH 84002, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.
BB-48 West Virginia1.20kLeaving drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 9 September 1942. Note the missing foremast and the six-months of blackened oil and marine growth that was removed from her hull while in drydock. Photo. i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Wong.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia99kWest Virginia (BB-48) is moved to a pier after being undocked from Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Drydock Number One, 9 September 1942. Note the large area of her midships upper hull that must still be replaced. West Virginia was then under repair for damage received in the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. A New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleship is in the right background. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 84005, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.
BB-48 West Virginia222kApril, 1943 photo of the West Virginia (BB-48) as she appeared before being completely rebuilt at Pearl Harbor. The rebuild was a lengthy process, and she wouldn't emerge from the shipyard until the fall of 1944. This photo shows how she was stripped for her trip across the Pacific; Masts, secondary guns, radars, catapults and planes have all been removed to insure her stability until she was permanently rebuilt.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia88kReady to depart Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. Note her crewmen wearing Dress White uniforms. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-574, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia81kAbout to leave Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941.Official USN photo # 80-G-K-570, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia80kWest Virginia (BB-48) prepares to leave Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. The battleship in the left background is North Carolina (BB-55). Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-572, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia77kLeaving Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. A New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleship is in the right distance, and at far right is the former mainmast of California (BB-44), now serving as a signal tower ashore.Official USN photo # 80-G-K-569, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia86kWest Virginia (BB-48) underway off Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941.Official USN photo # 80-G-K-565, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia78kUnderway off Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941.Official USN photo # 80-G-K-571, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia55kSteaming to the West Coast in 1943 for rebuilding after being raised and repaired at Pearl Harbor.USNI / USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia146kLine drawing of the West Virginia (BB-48) showing her configuration after her rebuild. Drawing courtesy of Jean Secardin. (Please contact him for permission to use any of his drawings) @perso.wanadoo.fr/ww2
BB-48 West Virginia126kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D intended for battleships modernized from the Colorado class (BB-45 / 48). West Virginia (BB-48) wore this pattern. This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks, is dated 18 March 1944 and was approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN. Official USN photo # 80-G-109734, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia135kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D intended for battleships modernized from the Colorado class (BB-45 / 48). West Virginia (BB-48) wore this pattern. This plan, showing the ship's port side, is dated 18 March 1944 and was approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN. Official USN photo # 80-G-109733, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia52kBow view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock.
Although it is not polite to call attention to a ladies' added weight, please note her bulges added for torpedo protection.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia58kBow view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia58kStern view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia41kStarboard stern view of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia61kLooking up from below at 32,600 tons of West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia69kOld Glory flutters from the stern of the West Virginia (BB-48) in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia89kSignal flags lie across the deck of the West Virginia (BB-48) pier-side at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia64kThe West Virginia (BB-48) lies alongside the hammerhead crane pier-side at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia71kLooking down the length of the West Virginia (BB-48) decked anchor chain and her business end, pierside at Puget Sound. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia64kThe West Virginia (BB-48) plows through the Pacific. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia72kShowing final configuration after rebuild at Puget Sound Navy Yard, June 1944. Main batteries are all trained out to starboard.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia227k West Virginia (BB-48) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard finishing overhaul on 28 June 1944. Note workers painting 5-O Ocean Gray for her Measure 32 / 7D camouflage on forward deck and chains for paravanes rigged. Mississippi (BB-41) is in background across the pier. USN photo # 2536-44 from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-48 West Virginia234kPort side view showing final configuration after rebuild at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 July 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D. USN photo. Text i.d. courtesy of USNHC photo # 19-N-68375.
BB-48 West Virginia975kBow view, port side view on 2 July 1944. USN photo BS # 68377 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia818kTaken by Lt. A. F. Cohen (Air Defense Officer) seated at Quad 20mm Thunderbolt, 7.4.1944.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia75kOff Puget Sound Navy Yard, July 1944, after rebuilding.USNHC # 19-N-68376, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia200kSeen in Puget Sound Navy Yard 2 July 1944 after an extensive overhaul which drastically altered her appearance. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D. She now looks virtually identical to the Tennessee class (BB-43 /44). USN photos. Partial text courtesy of USNHC photo # 19-N-68374.
BB-48 West Virginia99k The Hatfields and McCoys. "Converted Mountaineers" on West Virginia (BB-48), 1944.USNHC photo # NH 89343.
BB-48 West Virginia90k"No Justice" issues a ruling at the "Royal Court" as "Justice" stands mute, during the trial of "polliwogs" in Equator crossing ceremonies for the battleship's crew, October 1944.USNHC photo # NH 89341.
BB-48 West Virginia372kThe West Virginia (BB-48) looking out at the fleet prior to bombarding Leyte Gulf on 19 October 1944.
On 19 October West Virginia steamed into her assigned station in San Pedro Bay at 0700 to stand by off shore and provide shore bombardment against targets in the Tacloban area of Leyte. Retiring to sea that evening, the battleship and her consorts returned the next morning to lay down heavy gunfire on Japanese installations in the vicinity of the town of Tacloban.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80G 289672, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-48 West Virginia497kAt 1645, California (BB-44) cut loose a mine with her paravanes; West Virginia (BB-48) successfully dodged the horned menace, it being destroyed a few moments later by gunfire from one of the destroyers in the screen.Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80G 289675, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-48 West Virginia99kLeyte Invasion, October 1944. Cony (DD-508) lays a smoke screen near West Virginia (BB-48), to protect shipping off Leyte from Japanese air attack, during the landings there on 20 October 1944. Note manned anti-aircraft batteries on board the battleship, including a Mark 51 director in the foreground, 20mm gun at left, 40mm quad gun mount in center and 5"/38 twin gun mounts beyond.Official USN photo # 80-G-289679, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia381kWest Virginia (BB-48) on 8 November 1944 underwent a period of upkeep in the floating drydock ABSD-1 for her damaged screws.Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80G 289691, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-48 West Virginia441kWest Virginia (BB-48) on 8 November 1944 underwent a period of upkeep in the floating drydock ABSD-1 for her damaged screws.Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80G 289692, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-48 West Virginia487kView from the water line of West Virginia (BB-48) in the floating drydock ABSD-1.USN photo # 80G 289693, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-48 West Virginia129kIn floating drydock ABSD-1, off Aessi Island, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, on 13 November 1944. The battleship was docked for upkeep and repair to propellers damaged when she touched ground off Leyte on 21 October. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-314220, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia126kSame photo as #21, with West Virginia (BB-48) enlarged. 9 November 1944 photo of the ship entering floating dry-dock ABSD-1. She differed from the South Dakotas in the fact that she was conned from a location forward and beneath her main battery director and that her forward surface lookouts were stationed atop the flag bridge just below her conn.USNHC # 80-G-314220, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia685kThe "Wee Vee" returned to the Philippines, via Manus, on 26 November 1944, resuming her patrols in Leyte Gulf and serving as part of the antiaircraft screen for the transports and amphibious ships. At 1139 on the 27th, West Virginia's (BB-48) antiaircraft guns splashed a suicider and assisted in downing others while on duty the next day. Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia61k The West Virginia (BB-48) inboard profile, 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-48 West Virginia106kThe West Virginia (BB-48) stands off to port with the support vessels of the invasion fleet. USN photo.
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.
USN photo # USN N-3173, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-48 West Virginia36kStanding out brightly in her camouflage paint scheme, the West Virginia (BB-48) guards the landing craft as they head toward the beaches, April, 1945 at Okinawa. #2 and #3 turrets are trained outward, ready to provide immediate covering fire, if necessary.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia59k Landing craft and converted LCS(L)s pass the West Virginia (BB-48) as they head towards shore. The LCS(Ls) have been converted to in shore support craft, being rearmed with 6 - 40mm guns and 10 rocket launchers.USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia48k 40mm gunners onboard the West Virginia (BB-48) aim at targets overhead above the invasion fleet off Okinawa.Susy Forbes / USNI.
BB-48 West Virginia208kSky watch aboard the West Virginia's (BB-48) in 1945.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia30k Damage from a kamikaze attack on the West Virginia (BB-48), April 1945.Photo from WWII Damage Reports, courtesy of NavSea / dcfp.navy.mil.
BB-48 West Virginia54k West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, circa late August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the background.National Archives # NH 89362.
BB-48 West Virginia296kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci depicting the West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, August 1945. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-48 West Virginia262k A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Tokyo Bay Sunset". The drawing depicts the West Virginia (BB-48) at anchor at the base of Mt Fujiamia in Tokyo Bay, Sep. 1945. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com.
BB-48 West Virginia17k Envelope labeled "Empire Occupation Forces - Japan", depicting the West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the background.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-48 West Virginia267kTwelve page PDF article on the Navy Day Program for the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), in San Diego, CA on 27 October 1945.
In this photo, the West Virginia is anchored in Sagami Wan, Japan, outside Tokyo Bay, circa late August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the background.
Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-48 West Virginia340kNavy Day of West Virginia (BB-48) & crew at the foot of Broadway, San Diego California, 27 October 1945.Photos by TN 2 Esther Dorothy Black, USNR, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-48 West Virginia98k A line drawing by A.L. Raven of the West Virginia (BB-48) in late 1945. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-48 West Virginia118kThe first of the following two images, show the West Virginia (BB-48) being mothballed. They are good detail shots and show her in dry-dock at Puget Sound 12 April 1946, being inclined as well as being prepared for de-humidification. Of interest is the small radars that replaced the optical rangefinders, on #3 turret and the fact that all 20mm mounts have been removed; the quad 40mm mounts were removed completely or covered, in preparation for the mothball "cocoons".USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia112kThe second of the following two images, show the West Virginia (BB-48) being mothballed. They are good detail shots and show her in dry-dock at Puget Sound 12 April 1946, being inclined as well as being prepared for de-humidification. Of interest is the small radars that replaced the optical range finders, on #3 turret and the fact that all 20mm mounts have been removed; the quad 40mm mounts were removed completely or covered, in preparation for the mothball "cocoons".USN photo.
Puget Sound NSY1.10kPuget Sound NSY around 1948. There are five mothballed Essex class (CV-9) carriers at the left. To the right of the carriers are five battleships. I believe they are Alabama (BB-60), West Virginia (BB-48), Maryland (BB-46), Indiana (BB-58), Colorado (BB-45).USN Photo courtesy of Joe MacDonald.
Puget Sound NSY1.10kSEA GOING PIPELINE
The soon to be scrapped battleships Maryland (BB-46) & West Virginia (BB-48) lie anchored in the background.
Bremerton Sun photo, 11 February 1959, submitted by Joe MacDonald.
Photo added 06/15/15.
Puget Sound NSY1.82kDREDGING NEARING COMPLETION
....The soon to be scrapped battleships at right, Maryland (BB-46) & West Virginia (BB-48), stand guard over the pipeline...
Bremerton Sun photo, 15 May 1959, submitted by Joe MacDonald.
Photo added 06/15/15.
Puget Sound NSY1.30k"Proud battleship West Virginia (BB-48) sails majestically by downtown Seattle as tugs help her into shipyard where she will be torn apart for scrap. Her sister-ship,Colorado (BB-45) has also been scrapped. AP Photo courtesy of Denis Mikkelsen collection via 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) &
The Belly Gunner: An Eyewitness Account of Stalag 17 & World War II in Europe (Twenty-First Century Books / Millbrook Press, 2001).
BB-48 West Virginia118kWest Virginia (BB-48) being towed away to be scrapped, 1 March 1959. Official USN photo courtesy of wvculture.org-history and submitted by Joe MacDonald.
BB-48 West Virginia103k Disassembling the West Virginia (BB-48). Official USN photo courtesy of Todd Pacific Shipyards / wvculture.org-history and submitted by Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia124kA shipyard worker torching an armored uptake of some kind (Perhaps the aft Fire Control tower; note the severed electrical cables lining the structure) of the West Virginia (BB-48). Official USN photo courtesy of Todd Pacific Shipyards / wvculture.org-history and submitted by Mike Green, text courtesy of Dan Morgan.
BB-48 West Virginia131kThe end of the West Virginia (BB-48). Official USN photo courtesy of Todd Pacific Shipyards / wvculture.org-history and submitted by Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia631k CPO Terry Clancy stands by the memorial wreath for the West Virginia (BB-48) during Survivor's Day ceremonies at the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center, 5 December 1991. The event honors the sailors and Marines of the battleships that were sunk or damaged in the 7 December 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05802, by PHC Chet King, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
World War II Memorial371k A quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-48 West Virginia61kAl Rodrigues, left, a Pearl Harbor survivor, places a wreath on the West Virginia (BB-48) memorial during the 63rd Commemoration of the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 December 2004. More than 200 distinguished visitors and Pearl Harbor survivors attended the ceremony, which included the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) rendering honors, more than 40 wreath presentations, a 21-gun salute, and a missing man flyover. USN photo # N-3207B-077 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer Bailey, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

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