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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
F 2c James Butler USN
Sea 1c Wayne Newton USN
Ens Joseph Richey USN
Sea 1c Norman Douglas USN
Sea 1c Clyde Mcmeans USN
BM 1c Elmer Carpenter USN
Sea 2c Roy Pullen USN
Sea 2c Edwin Ripley USN
Sea 2c Thomas Durning USN
Sea 1c Aaron Mcmurtrey USN
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
Pfc John Blount USMC
Pvt Shelby Shook USMC
Pvt Roy Lee USMC
Pfc Earl Wallen USMC

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