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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
SF 2c Algeo Malfante USN
Sea 1c Wallace Mitchell USN
RM 3c Starring Winfield USN
MM 1c Alfred Wells USN
RM 2c Walter Backman USN
Y 3c Harding Blackburn USN
Sea 1c William Brooks USN
F 1c Charles Casto USN
SK 1c John Craig USN
Y 3c Edmund Ryan USN
F 1c Chester Seaton USN
Sea 2c Walter Pentico USN
F 1c Charles Ogle USN
Sea 1c Joe Nightingale USN
F 2c Lowell Valley USN
F 1c Neal Todd USN
Sea 2c Richard Thomson USN
CMM Ralph Derrington USN
Sea 2c David Edmonston USN
GM 3c Dale Hamlin USN

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