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BB-48 USS WEST VIRGINIA
1946 - 1959

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Delta - Golf

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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 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 dehumidification. Of interest is the small radars that replaced the optical rafinders, 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 dehumidification. 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 NSY1.1mPuget 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. Photo added 08/03/08.
BB-48 West Virginia118kWest Virginia (BB-48) being towed away to be scrapped, 1 March 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of wvculture.org-history and submitted by Joe MacDonald.
BB-48 West Virginia103k Disassembling the West Virginia (BB-48). Official U.S. Navy Photograph 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 U.S. Navy Photograph 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 U.S. Navy Photograph 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 Dec 1991. The event honors the sailors and Marines of the battleships that were sunk or damaged in the 7 Dec. 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 Dec 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 Sept. 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 will be formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. U.S. Navy 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 Dec. 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 Dec. 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. U.S. Navy photo # N-3207B-077 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jennifer Bailey, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

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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