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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 ascending
F 2c Lawrence Boxrucker USN
Sea 2c William Campbell USN
Ch P Clk John Connolly USN
SK 3c Eldon Ray USN
FC 1c Edward Shelden USN
M 1c Leonard Smith USN
Sea 1c Herbert Poindexter USN
GM 1c Arthur Neuenschwander USN
Sea 2c Charles Walters USN
Sea 1c Natale Torti USN
Ens Charles Stern USN
Sea 2c Rangner Tanner USN
F 2c Carl Dorr USN
Sea 1c Walter Foley USN
Sea 2c Harold Head USN
CEM William Gurganus USN
Matt 1c Benjamin Gilliard USN
MM 2c Lorentz Hultgren USN
GM 3c Jesse Jenson USN
Sea 2c D. Kyser USN

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