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BB-58 USS INDIANA
December 1944 - Victory in the Pacific

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - November - Sierra

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Keel Laying & Shakedown / 1938 - 1942
Off to War / 1942 - November 1944
1946 - 1963


South Dakota Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 680' (oa) x 108' 2" x 36' 2" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 20 x 5"/38AA, 12 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/4" Belt, 18" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +1/3" Decks, 15" Conning Tower. Machinery, 130,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1793.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News VA., November 20 1939. Launched November 21 1941. Commissioned April 30 1942. Decommissioned September 11 1947. Stricken June 1 1962.
Fate: Sold, October 23 1963 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-58 Indiana 385k The Indiana (BB-58) wearing Measure 22 poses for a broadside view, port side at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 5 December 1944. USN photo # 4216-44, courtesy of David Buell. Photo added 09/09/08.
BB-58 Indiana 101k Underway with Task Force 58.1 on 12 February 1945, while en route to raid Tokyo. Ships of Task Group 58.3 are in the background. Taken by a Wasp (CV-18) photographer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 80-G-303478, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 135k Catholic Chaplain serves Holy Communion while holding Mass on the quarterdeck, during the Okinawa operation, 1 April 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 80-G-325209, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 134k Indiana (BB-58) receives powder for her 16-inch guns, via highline from Wrangell (AE-12), during the Okinawa operation, 8 April 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 80-G-318948, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-58 Indiana 64k Taking water over the bow, while steaming through a typhoon in the Okinawa area, circa 5 June 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 80-G-342732, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-57 South Dakota 269k The United States battleships Indiana (BB-58), Massachusetts (BB-59) and Alabama (BB-60) form a line ahead during target practice as seen from the South Dakota (BB-57), 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 419k The battleships Indiana (BB-58) and Massachusetts (BB-59) operating off Honshu. The Massachusetts is firing. The South Dakota (BB-57) can be seen behind her. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 837k The Indiana (BB-58) and Massachusetts (BB-59) and two Baltimore Class heavy cruisers close in for a bombardment. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-58 Indiana 74k Bombardment of Kamaishi, Japan, 14 July 1945. Battleships and heavy cruisers steam in column off Kamaishi, at the time they bombarded the iron works there, as seen from South Dakota (BB-57). Indiana (BB-58) is the nearest ship, followed by Massachusetts (BB-59). Cruisers Chicago (CA-136) and Quincy (CA-71) bring up the rear. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 80-G-490143, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-59 Massachusetts87kBombardment of Kaimaishi, Japan, August 1945. Massachusetts (BB-59) opens fire on Kaimaishi, in the last battleship bombardment of World War II, 9 August 1945. Photographed from Indiana (BB-58). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-339333, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-58 Indiana 102k Indiana (BB-58) fires a salvo from her forward 16"/45 guns at the Kamaishi plant of the Japan Iron Company, 250 miles north of Tokyo. A second before, South Dakota (BB-57), from which this photograph was taken, fired the initial salvo of the first naval gunfire bombardment of the Japanese Home Islands. The superstructure of Massachusetts (BB-59) is visible directly behind Indiana. The heavy cruiser in the left center distance is either Quincy (CA-71) or Chicago (CA-136). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-K-6035, now in the collections of the National Archives.

USS INDIANA BB-58 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: USS Indiana BB-58 Reunion Association
John W. Ensley, Secretary & Treasurer
Address:6528 Georgetown Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4310
Phone: 219-493-3291
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Indiana BB-58 Home Port By Benjamin M. Givens Jr.

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