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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor Attack - Battleship Row
During the Pearl Harbor attack at 0805 a bomb exploded below decks in California, setting off an antiaircraft ammunition magazine and killing 50 men. A second bomb ruptured her bow plates. ... Despite valiant efforts to keep her afloat the in-rushing water could not be isolated and the ship settled into the mud with only her superstructure remaining above the surface. When the action ended, 98 of her crew were lost and 61 wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 99

Name Service Branchsort descending
PhM 2c Merle Hillman USN
F 1c Harry Kramer USN
F 3c Milton Wilson USN
F 1c Edward Bowden USN
Matt 1c Leo Stapler USN
RM 3c Frank Royse USN
Sea 2c Helmer Hanson USN
PhM 3c John Lancaster USN
Sea 2c Steven Wodarski USN
CRE Thomas Reeves USN
Ens Robert Bowers USN
EM 1c Charles Sweany USN
RM 3c Alfred Rosenthal USN
GM 3c John Deetz USN
RM 3c Donald Larsen USN
SF 3c John Wydila USN
MM 1c Robert Scott USN
Sea 1c Robert Brewer USN
SK 3c Edward Szurgot USN
RM 2c Joe Ross USN


Prepared by CAPT R. O. Strange USN (Ret.)