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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
Multiple Air Attacks at Pearl Harbor
Three torpedo hits occurred to Oklahoma soon after the attack commenced. As ship began to capsize, two more torpedoes struck; as men abandoned ship Japanese planes dove in for strafing runs. Oklahoma rolled over with mast touching the bottom of the harbor. ... 415 killed during the attack and 32 others were wounded. Many crew members were trapped in the overturned battleship surviving in pockets of air until rescuers could cut access holes in the bottom of the ship to rescue them; a total of 32 survivors were ultimately saved.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 429

Name Service Branchsort descending
Pvt Robert Peak USMC
Pfc Charles Taylor USMC
Pfc Marley Arthurholtz USMC
Pvt Waldean Black USMC
Pvt Ted Hall USMC
Pfc John Middleswart USMC
Pvt Raymond Pennington USMC
Pfc Walter Collier USMC
Pfc Alva Cremean USMC
Cpl Elmer Drefahl USMC
2 Lt Harry Gaver USMC
Pvt Otis Henry USMC
Pfc Robert Holmes USMC
Pvt Vernon Keaton USMC
GM 1c William Silva USN
Cox Layton Banks USN
Sea 1c Rudolph Blitz USN
Bkr 3c Earl Burch USN
Sea 2c David Clark USN
SK 2c Glenn Cyriack USN


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