BATTLESHIP USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48 SHIP HISTORY BOOK.

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BATTLESHIP USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48

COMMEMORATIVE SHIP HISTORY BOOK 1920-1959

The story of the famous World War II battleship that returned from its Pearl Harbor devastation to force the "Rising Sun" to set. Includes a complete history of the USS West Virginia, special stories written by naval veterans, biographies and photographs of USS West Virgina sailors, Association roster along with hundreds of photographs. Endsheets feature the songs "Hail West Virginia" and "Ship's Log." Complete with an index.

Launched in 1922 as the most recent of the "super-dreadnoughts," the USS West Virginia embodied the latest knowledge of naval architecture of the time, and the water- tight compartmentation of her hull and her armor protection.

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, West Virginia lay moored outboard of Tennessee (BB-43) at berth F-6 with 40 feet of water beneath her keel. Shortly before 0800, Japanese planes, flying from a six-carrier task force, commenced their well-planned attack on the Fleet at Pearl Harbor. West Virginia took seven 18-inch aircraft torpedoes in her port side and two bomb hits those bombs being 15-inch armor-piercing shells fitted with fins. The first bomb penetrated the superstructure deck, wrecking the port casemates and causing that deck to collapse to the level of the galley deck below. Four casemates and the galley caught fire immed
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