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What happened to the Pearl Harbor battleships?

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  • USS Nevada BB-36: Refloated Feb 1942, returned to duty after

    repairs Oct. 1942

  • USS Oklahoma BB-37: Righted by June 1943, declare unsalvagable.

    Sold for scrap, Dec. 1946; sank under tow to US mainland, May


  • USS Pennsylvania BB-38: Returned to mainland for repairs Dec.

    1941, returned to duty April 1942

  • USS Arizona BB-39: Sunk, remains as a tomb to those lost upon

    her Dec. 7

  • USS Tennessee BB-43: Quick repairs at Pearl Harbor before

    transfer to Puget Sound for more repairs. Returned to active duty

    late Feb 1942.

  • USS California BB-44: Refloated in March 1942, transferred to

    Puget Sound for complete rebuild. Returned to service Jan


  • USS Maryland BB-46: Still afloat, transferred to Puget Sound

    for rebuild. Returned to service in Feb 1942.

  • USS West Virginia BB-48: Raised and transferred to Puget Sound

    in May 1943. Returned to service in July 1944.

USS Utah (BB-31, an obsolete pre-WW1 battleship) is also

sometimes counted in the total. It capsized during the assault on

Pearl Harbor. Partially righted to clear the shipping lane, it was

declared surplus and never refloated. Major portions of the hull

still rust on the bottom off Ford Island.

the pearl harbor battlewagons did have their revenge however. at

the battle of leyte gulf during the invasion of the Philippines.

the west Virginia, the Tennessee, the Maryland, the California and

the Pennsylvania all were part of 7th fleet providing fire support

to the troops going ashore on leyte. when the jap fleet appeared

coming thru the surigao strait, admiral Jesse oldendorf sent them

to meet the oncoming foe. the battlewagons helped send the Japanese

battleships yamashiro and fuso to the bottom along with the cruiser

mogami and the destroyer asagumo.the "wee vee" the west Virginia

lead the way firing 96 shells into the Japanese ships making up for

the 7 torpedos and 8 bombs she took on dec 7th 1941. the west

Virginia the California and the Tennessee were not just put back

into service. they were modernised and did not look anything like

their pre dec 7th appearance when sent back to the fleet.

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