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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
Ens John England USN
F 1c Robert Harr USN
RM 3c Frank Hoag USN
SC 3c Robert Goodwin USN
Matt 2c Jesus Garcia USN
F 1c Billy Johnson USN
Mus 1c Elliott Larsen USN
F 1c Elmer Kerestes USN
Henri Mason USN
CSM Thomas Zvansky USN
EM 3c Alton Whitson USN
F 1c Jarvis Outland USN
F 1c Leroy Barber USN
Sea 2c John Bock USN
WT 1c Oliver Burger USN
SK 2c Gerald Clayton USN
Sea 2c Joseph Robertson USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Sampson USN
GM 3c Herman Schmidt USN
Sea 2c James Phipps USN

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