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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
Matt 1c Octavius Mabine USN
F 2c Martin Young USN
Sea 1c James Williams USN
Ens Marshall Darby USN
Sea 1c Wilbur Ballance USN
MM 2c Leo Blitz USN
MM 2c James Buchanan USN
SF 3c Patrick Chess USN
EM 1c William Curry USN
F 1c Paul Saylor USN
PhM 1c John Schoonover USN
B 2c Wiley Petway USN
EM 3c Alphard Owsley USN
SK 3c Harry Nichols USN
Sea 1c Billy Turner USN
MM 1c Ulis Steely USN
F 1c Charles Thompson USN
SK 3c Wallace Eakes USN
Matt 1c Julius Ellsberry USN
GM 3c Eugene Hann USN


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