USS West Virginia
West Virginia (BB-48), a Colorado-class
battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor
of the 35th state.
What do you know about the USS West Virginia? Fire
with this Quick World War II Quiz.
1. The USS West Virginia keel was laid down
on April 12, 1920 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
of Newport News, Virginia. She was launched on November 17, 1921
sponsored by Miss Alice Wright Mann, daughter of Isaac T. Mann, a
prominent West Virginian; and commissioned on December 1, 1923. Who was
the first captain?
- Captain Thomas J. Senn
- Captain Thomas L. Manchin
- Captain Sean J. Thomas
2. When did the USS West Virginia became
flagship for the Commander, Battleship Divisions, Battle Fleet?
- October 30, 1924
- October 30, 1926
- October 30, 1928
3. On Sunday, 7 December 1941, West Virginia
lay moored outboard of USS Tennessee (BB-43) at their berth with
40 feet of water beneath her keel. What was the berth number?
4. Numerous torpedoes struck the West Virginia.
What does recent evidence indicates that at least one of the hits may
have come from?
- Japanese midget submarine
- Accident discharge from nearby cruiser
- US Navy plane on training mission
5. The ship's commanding officer, Captain Mervyn
S. Bennion, arrived on his bridge early in the battle, only to be struck
down by a bomb fragment hurled in his direction when a 16-inch bomb hit
the center gun in Tennessee's Turret II, spraying that ship's
superstructure and West Virginia's with fragments. Bennion, hit
in the abdomen, crumpled to the deck, mortally wounded, but clung
tenaciously to life until just before the ship was abandoned, involved
in the conduct of the ship's defense up to the last moment of his life.
Captain Bennion earned a Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously. Doris
Miller, a cook, helped carry Captain Bennion to a safer place and then
manned an antiaircraft gun despite having no previous experience. He was
the first African-American recipient of the Navy Cross.
6. With a patch over the damaged area of her hull,
the battleship was pumped out and ultimately refloated on May 17, 1942.
When was the West Virginia docked in Drydock Number One?
- May 29, 1942
- June 9, 1942
- July 9, 1942
7. On October 6, 1944 The West Virginia
again became a flagship when the BatDiv 4 commander shifted his flag
from USS Maryland (BB-46) to the "Wee Vee". Who was the
BatDiv 4 commander?
- Rear Admiral Thomas Rudd
- Rear Admiral Andy Theodore
- Rear Admiral Theodore Ruddock
8. When did the West Virginia take part in
the last naval engagement fought by line-of-battleships?
- October 29, 1944
- November 29, 1944
- December 29, 1944
9. What battle did the West Virginia NOT
10. The flagstaff from the U.S.S. West Virginia
which was sunk at Pearl Harbor is on display in front of the Harrison
County Courthouse to honor the sailors who died. What West Virginia city
is the courthouse?
- Charleston, West Virginia
- Clarksburg, West Virginia
- Morgantown, West Virginia