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Nevada Class Battleship
583' x 95.3' x 28.5'
10 × 14 in guns
8 × 5 in guns
2 × 21" torpedo tubes
1 catapult in 1942
November 3, 1943
December 31, 1943
Justin Taylan 2010
World War I Service
Inter War Years
Oklahoma was part of the Atlantic Fleet for the next two years, and was overhauled, trained, and twice voyaged to South America's west coast; early in 1921 for combined exercises with the Pacific Fleet, and later that year for the Peruvian Centennial. She then joined the Pacific Fleet for six years highlighted by the cruise of the Battle Fleet to Australia and New Zealand in 1925.
During early 1927, joined the Scouting Fleet with intensive exercises during the summer Midshipmen Cruise, voyaging to the East Coast to embark midshipmen, then transport them via the Panama Canal to San Francisco, then returned via Cuba and Haiti.
After being modernized at Philadelphia between September 1927 and July 1929, Oklahoma rejoined the Scouting Fleet for exercises in the Caribbean Sea, and then returned to the west coast in June 1930 for fleet operations through spring 1936. That summer she carried midshipmen on a European training cruise, visiting northern ports. The cruise was interrupted with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Oklahoma arrived at Bilbao on July 24, 1936 to rescue American citizens and other refugees, transporting them to Gibraltar and France. Afterwards, arrived at Norfolk, VA on September 11, 1936 and steamed to the West Coast arriving October 24, 1936. Arrived at Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1940 for patrols and exercises.
Pearl Harbor Attack
In total, 20 officers and 395 enlisted men were either killed or missing aboard Oklahoma. Also, 32 were wounded. One of those killed, Father Aloysius Schmitt was the first American chaplain of any faith to die in the Second World War. Oklahoma received one battle star for her World War II service.
Fates of the Crew
Meanwhile, many of her crew were trapped inside the capsized hull. Immediately after the attack, heroic efforts were made in an attempt to rescue more crew members. In one effort, civilian Navy yard worked, Julio DeCastro organized a team that rescued 32 sailors.
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