Battleship Oklahoma, BB-37

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"On a quiet Sunday morning in 1941, a ship designed to keep the peace was suddenly attacked. This book tells the remarkable story of a battleship, its brave crew, and how their lives were intertwined." Phister weaves the personal narratives of surviving crewmen with the necessary technical information to recreate the attack and demonstrate the full scope of its devastation. Captured Japanese photographs and dozens of historic U.S. Navy photographs deepen our understanding of this monumental event. Raised after the attack, the Oklahoma sank again

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Overview

"On a quiet Sunday morning in 1941, a ship designed to keep the peace was suddenly attacked. This book tells the remarkable story of a battleship, its brave crew, and how their lives were intertwined." Phister weaves the personal narratives of surviving crewmen with the necessary technical information to recreate the attack and demonstrate the full scope of its devastation. Captured Japanese photographs and dozens of historic U.S. Navy photographs deepen our understanding of this monumental event. Raised after the attack, the Oklahoma sank again while being towed stateside and now rests on the ocean floor, 540 miles northeast of Oahu.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book is the most complete accounting of the U.S.S. Oklahoma, from her christening in 1914 to her final loss at sea in 1947 after being salvaged from Pearl Harbor and subsequently decommissioned and sold. But it is much more than that. In learning the ship's complete history, the reader gets a glimpse of life in the battleship navy from World War I up to that day of infamy in 1941, including crew accommodations, sailor's education, the expansion of athletics in the navy, and battleship health and safety. The Oklahoma spent 80 days in the war zone during World War I, most of those at anchorage, but following the war, she did participate in the Great Cruise of 1925 and performed exemplary duty evacuating refugees from Spain in 1936. Her story ends tragically at Pearl Harbor-429 of her crew were lost that morning, men whose actions are vividly related through survivor narratives, giving the book character and emotion. Also related here are the innovative techniques used to resurrect the ship and tow her into dry dock. Strongly recommended for all collections.
—David Lee Poremba

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139173
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 817,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Phister is a freelance biographer in Phoenix, Arizona, and an active member of the USS Oklahoma Family, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving the memory of the USS Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

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Preface Paul Goodyear Goodyear, Paul

1 Oklahoma's Genesis 3

2 Life on the Oklahoma 14

3 Oklahoma's First Mission 23

4 The Great Cruise and Modernization 27

5 Earthquakes, Refugees, and War 34

6 Countdown to Pearl Harbor 48

7 A Quiet Sunday Morning 60

8 Damn the Torpedoes 71

9 Topside - 7:55 A.M. 81

10 Chaos Below 95

11 Twelve-Inch Portholes 113

12 Trapped! 128

13 Thirty-Two Came Back 142

14 Resurrection 148

15 She Chose the Sea 167

App. A Commanding Officers and Dates of Service 175

App. B Medal Citations: December 7, 1941 176

App. C USS Oklahoma Crew Roster: December 7, 1941 179

App. D Ships Named for USS Oklahoma Crewmen 221

Notes 223

Glossary 235

Sources 239

Index 249

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