Historical Sketch of
Text from Principal Investigator
Named for the Golden State, BB-44 was the fifth to bear the name
. Commissioned 10 August 1921 she was the flagship for
the Pacific Fleet (later known as Battle Fleet [Battle Force], U. S.
On 7 December
was moored at the southernmost berth of
"Battleship Row" and was with other dreadnoughts of the Battle Force when
the Japanese carrier planes struck. Since she was preparing to undergo a
watertight integrity was somewhat
impaired and, when struck, she suffered great damage. At 0805 a bomb
exploded below decks setting off an antiaircraft ammunition magazine and
killing about 50 men. A second bomb ruptured her bow plates. Despite
valiant efforts to keep the ship afloat, the leaks could not be plugged,
settled into the mud. Only her superstructure
remained above sea level.
suffered 159 casualties during
the attack, including 98 fatalities.
returned to action. During her
abbreviated wartime service
earned 7 battle stars.
was decommissioned 14 February 1947 and was sold 10 July
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
vols., (Navy Department, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History
Division, Washington, DC, 1963), Volume I, pp.14-15.
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