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California

Ship Designation: 
BB-44
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 ascending
Ens Herbert Jones USNR
F 1c Cullen Clark USN
Prtr 2c Alexsander Przybysz USN
Sea 1c Earl Roberts USN
F 1c Guy Dugger USN
F 1c George Mcgraw USN
F 1c Howard Adkins USN
M 2c Francis Cole USN
Sea 1c Edward Racisz USN
Sea 1c Tom Gilbert USN
Sea 1c Billie Dukes USN
GM 3c William Montgomery USN
Sea 1c Wilbur Bailey USN
FC 3c Kenneth Cooper USN
Sea 2c Lewis Pitts USN
Ens George Gilbert USN
AS Marvin Ferguson USN
F 1c James Milner USN
Sea 1c Glen Baker USN
Sea 2c Herbert Curtis USN

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