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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services

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California

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
RM 2c Albert Beal USN
Matt 2c George Vining USN
Sea 2c Tceollyar Simmons USN
F 1c John Hilderbrand USN
Ens Ira Jeffery USN
SK 1c James London USN
SF 2c Thomas Beckwith USN
F 1c George Ulrich USN
Mus 2c Russell Shelly USN
Sea 1c Paul Holley USN
RM 3c Melvin Johnson USN
SK 1c John Lewis USN
PhM 1c Henry Blankenship USN
Matt 3c David Walker USN
GM 3c Erwin Searle USN
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

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