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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