of Battleship Oklahoma
at Pearl Harbor
to enlarge |Artist: R.T.
Sponsor: Admiral and Mrs.
Size: 48" x
Type: Acrylic on Canvas
Location: 5th floor, South
hall, House wing
On December 5, 1941, the Oklahoma
and the Battle Fleet of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were ordered
back to Pearl Harbor as conditions with the Imperial Government
of Japan continued to deteriorate.
On that Sunday, December 7,
1941, the Battle Fleet was at its mooring in Pearl Harbor.
The Oklahoma was preparing for an Admiral's Inspection
scheduled for Monday, December 8th. Therefore, all hatches
were open and all guns had been broken down for cleaning.
The ship was moored outboard of the battleship Maryland.
During the attack, the Oklahoma took three to seven torpedoes
to her side. Due to the hatches being open, the ship started
to take on water and capsized in less than ten minutes.
Over 400 men were either killed instantly or drowned. Rescue
attempts started at once following the attack and 32 sailors
were saved. The crew compliment consisted of 83 officers,
1215 enlisted navy, 3 U.S. Marine officers, and 64 enlisted
Marines, for a total of 1,365.Following the attack, the Navy
decided to right the Oklahoma as it was blocking the sea
channel. Bodies that were found were removed and interned
at the "Punchbowl National Cemetery"
in Hawaii. The once proud ship was stripped and sold for scrap
at a price of $46,000.00. While under tow, the Oklahoma developed
a list and about mid-point between Pearl Harbor and San Francisco,
she plunged to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Oklahoma was authorized by Congress
in 1911 and thekeel was laid in 1912, at the New York Ship
Building Yard. Miss Lorena Cruce, daughter of Oklahoma Governor
Lee Cruce, christened the Oklahoma at Camden, New Jersey,
on the 23rd of March. In 1917, the Oklahoma was commissioned,
at a cost of approximately $15 million, as a ship in the
United States Naval Service. It joined the fleet in 1918
and escorted Allied shipping to Europe. It never fired its
guns in war time. After the war, the Oklahoma was escort
to President Woodrow Wilson back from France following the
Treaty of Versailles.
are copyright of The Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation
Fund, Inc. and the artist. Please contact Sandra Shelton
at 521-5663 or email@example.com for
further copyright information.