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BB-48 USS WEST VIRGINIA
Pearl Harbor Repair & Rebuild / 1941 - April 1943

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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 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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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 forwardmost 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, 5 January 1942.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia89k 5 January 1942 photo 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. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia25kThe West Virginia (BB-48) 16 March 1942. 'A' Braces for Patch Frames 43-52 Port Side.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
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. Photo added 07/18/08.
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. Photo added 07/18/08.
BB-48 West Virginia284k 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. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
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 U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 64489, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia113k 24 April 1942 photo 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.From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia282k 24 April 1942 photo 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. 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. 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. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia132k5 May 1942 photo of a electric centrifugal pump being used to pump outthe West Virginia (BB-48). This pump is located on the starboard side of #3 turret. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia38k 5 May 1942. Short Patch Port Side.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 Virginia106k 21 May 1942 photo of the West Virginia's (BB-48) crew wetting down and checkingpowder cannisters removed from the magazines. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-48 West Virginia115kView of West Virginia (BB-48) some time shortly before being moced to Drydock # 1.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-48 West Virginia24kBeing moved to dry-dock after being refloated, 1 June 1942. USN photo.
BB-48 West Virginia121Approaching drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 8 June 1942. She entered Drydock Number One on the following day, just over six months after she was sunk in the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. Official U.S. Navy Photograph USNHC # NH 64491, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia33k9 June 1942, enroute to No. 1 Drydock.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-48 West Virginia55kHeaded for No. 1 Drydock.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
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. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
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 U.S. Navy Photograph 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 toher moorage and retrieve it. 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. 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 U.S. Navy Photograph 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 railtank 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 Virginia131In 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 U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 83998, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.
Pearl Harbor106k Pearl 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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 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 class battleship is in the right background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, 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 Puget Sound Navy Yard. 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 haveall 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 U.S. Navy Photograph, 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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 U.S. Navy Photograph 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 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-K-565, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-48 West Virginia91kWest 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-K-568, 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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.

USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
On Board Decmber 7 1941

Contact Name: Mike Mullins
Address: 275 Main St. Apt 406, Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (508) 335-6996
E-mail: usswestvirginia.org


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