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USS West Virginia

USS Yorktown (CV-10) - Trivia powered by ABEUSS West Virginia (BB-48), a Colorado-class battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 35th state.

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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?

  • F-4
  • F-6
  • F-8

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.

  • True or False

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 participate in?

  • Midway
  • Iwo Jima
  • Okinawa

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

USS West Virginia (BB-48)

  1. Captain Thomas J. Senn
  2. October 30, 1924
  3. F-6
  4. Japanese midget submarine
  5. True
  6. June 9, 1942
  7. Rear Admiral Theodore Ruddock
  8. October 29, 1944
  9. Midway
  10. Clarksburg, West Virginia

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