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Oklahoma

Ship Designation: 
BB-37
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
GM 2c William Hellstern USN
WT 2c Edgar Gross USN
RM 2c Quentin Gifford USN
F 3c Edwin Hopkins USN
MM 1c Fred Jones USN
Cox Verne Knipp USN
F 3c Gerald Lehman USN
MM 2c Archie Miles USN
Sea 2c Frank Wood USN
Sea 1c Richard Watson USN
QM 2c Daryle Artley USN
RM 3c Howard Bean USN
Sea 1c Oris Brandt USN
F 2c Joseph Carroll USN
F 1c Grant Cook USN
RM 3c Irwin Rice USN
SF 1c Everett Severinson USN
Sea 1c Edward Slapikas USN
F 1c George Price USN
SM 3c Charles Nix USN

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