Historical Sketch of
Text from Principal Investigator
Named for 48th state BB-39, the third ship to bear the name
was commissioned 17 October 1916. During the Japanese attack on Pearl
took hits from one torpedo and eight bombs. One of
the bombs penetrated a powder magazine which then exploded completely
wrecking her. 1104 members of her crew died as a result.
remains where she sank a memorial to those who died on her. Rear Admiral
I. C. Kidd and Captain F. Van Valkenburgh, respectively, were posthumously
awarded Medals of Honor for remaining at their posts despite the risks; Lt.
Commander S. G. Fuqua, the senior surviving officer of the
also received the Medal of Honor.
received one battle star
for her actions that day.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
vols., (Navy Department, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History
Division, Washington, DC, 1963), Volume I, pp.61.
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