Pearl Harbor battleships after WWII: part I

A series here that deserves attention!

HERE find the 5 myths about Pearl Harbor!!!!


Except for USS Arizona, all of the battleships attacked at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 were later raised, and saw the end of WWII. This three-part series will show their peacetime use and final fates after WWII.


(Recovered in 1945 during the occupation of Japan, this photo was taken by a Japanese airman and shows the opening seconds of the 7 December 1941 attack, and the location of the American battleships: 1) USS Nevada 2) USS Arizona 3) USS West Virginia 4) USS Tennessee 5) USS Oklahoma 6) USS Maryland 7) USS California and 8) USS Pennsylvania, out of the picture to the right. Two other warships are a) USS Vestal and b) USS Neosho. Circled are two Aichi D3A “Val” dive bombers of the strike force.)

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 7, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. Actually the USS Oklahoma was righted, and sank under tow to San Francisco, but never took part in WWII battles beyond Pearl Harbor. Deemed too old, and too damaged, even towing it was not done until almost a year after the war in the Pacific was over. And sank one year later, as I said under tow. But she was awarded one battle star, for the Pearl Harbor attack. So while partially right, she did not participate in any other battles of the war. Her weapons now, were and did, arming other ships as needed.

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  2. I wish I’d seen this post on the 7th. I was home, taking care of details after a fundraiser on the 6th, and while doing so, I watched documentaries about Pearl Harbor on the History Channel.
    Your comments section is as fascinating as the post, and reveal that I have so much to learn!!


    • Oh, I always recommend the comment section. The readers here have much to add and information to help enhance our understanding of the times and events! I’m very glad you discovered their expertise.


  3. GP, How could I miss your Dec 7 post? Well, I’m close here! That photo taken by a Japanese airman is amazing. And the three part series tracing the other ships’ histories after Pearl Harbor is ambitious. Did you ever ponder the fact that we fought a land war on the Western Front eventually in Germany but on the Eastern Front fought at sea & on islands & never mainland Japan? I never pondered that until this December 7. Hope you’re well & enjoy the holidays! Phil

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    • And…I’m awfully glad we didn’t fight on Japan’s mainland!! My father was in the roster for one of the first in!! Yes, people don’t understand when they compare the ETO and PTO that they were completely different wars – the Pacific was completely alien to the West and fighting was try and error….

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  4. I almost forgot, Dec 7 was the day when the Japanese airmen bombed Pearl Harbor starting the involvement of Asia in World War II. Thanks for sharing this, my friend… 🙂


  5. I love Tora! Tora! Tora! as a film, but I really wish that they would remake the Doolittle Raid. What a fabulous example of defiant courage.


    • It would be good if they remade all those movies and made them more factually accurate. Of course, then they become documentaries, but so many people believe what they see in the entertainment version – say, Bridge Over the River Kwai…..


  6. I knew you would have a great post for today. Some criticize FDR for lack of preparation but some easy research reveals that much was done. He had to sneak little things into action masking these in such a way that he could get things approved by an isolationist congress. My father was in the CCC’s in the late 30’s. Their life was barracks style and I’d say a disguised boot camp to get men “into the groove” early for eventual military training.


  7. Most interesting stuff – but one finds attractions back to other aspects of the actual attack. Incidents leading up to it, and – strangely – so much emphasis has been placed on it that I didn’t realise other simultaneous attacks were launched.


    • I have covered that myself. US interference in Japan goes back into the mid-1800’s in so far as teaching them how to conquer wanted territory. IMO – FDR maneuvered us into WWII to cover up the gross amounts of materiels going to Europe on the Lend Lease Program that Congress was unaware of, increase the US economy (as he had promised when elected the FIRST time), buckled under pressure from people with influence, and to keep his promise to Churchill.


  8. Wow, I can’t believe the amount of research that went into this piece. For years when I drove down to the Bay Area I would see the US’s moth-balled fleet from WW II and wonder if the ships couldn’t be put to better use. With the USS Nevada, I find it slightly ironic that both the ship and the state would be used for extensive nuclear bomb testing. –Curt

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  9. Very enlightening and worth the long read.

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  10. Excellent. Love the numbered map, GP.


  11. This was a fascinating entry – thanks!

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  12. Thanks for the pointer, GP. More enlightenment for me


  13. Amazing and appropriate article (s) over a time that must not be forgotten. Putting this perspective, Japanese were in interment cost were mostly honorable people, but lest we forget, this act at Pearl Harbor, cannot be set aside nor the lives lost. So what if we call an act of terrorism for what it is, no more than we can excuse the abortion clinic.

    Excuse me if I sound incoherent, but my seizure are making it hard to concentrate.


    • Being as, after so much research, I truly believe FDR caused this catastrophe, this becomes homeland terrorism.
      I’m sorry for your medical problems, but you seem to be quite capable. Best of luck and health!

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  14. Phew! A long and incredibly detailed read, and a flawless history of the ships involved. One for the navy buffs to enjoy indeed!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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