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USS Nevada

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassNevada-class Battleship
Hull NumberBB-36
BuilderFore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, MA
Laid Down4 Apr 1912
Launched11 Jul 1914
Commissioned11 Mar 1916
Decommissioned29 Aug 1946
Displacement27500 tons standard
Length583 feet
Beam85 feet
Draft28 feet
Crew864
Armament10x14-in, 21x5-in, 4x21-in torpedo tubes

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

Nevada was the lead ship of her class. She was commissioned before WW1, in which war she saw action near Britain as an American ship of the British Grand Fleet. During the inter-war years, she saw a flurry of activity which included serving in both oceans that flanked each side of the United States, a cruise to Brazil in 1922, and cruise to Australia and New Zealand in 1925. The cruise of Australia and New Zealand caught the attention of the Japanese, making note that the battleship of the United States could sail the span of the Pacific.

Nevada was extensively overhauled in 1927-30 at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, exchanging her masts for tripods, receiving a new superstructure, relocating her five-inch secondary battery, installing new anti-aircraft guns, among others.

During the Pearl Harbor attack on 7 Dec 1941, she was moored off Ford Island. She was the only battleship that was able to get underway, therefore attracting attention of the Japanese pilots. She was hit by one torpedo and two or three bombs and was left in a sinking condition. She was beached to prevent sinking at the harbor opening which would render the harbor useless for an extended amount of time. By the end of the attack, she suffered 159 casualties (50 killed) and heavy damage, but she was refloated on 12 Feb 1942 after only two months. She received temporary repairs at Pearl Harbor and sailed to Puget Sound Navy Yard for further repairs in Apr 1942. She spent the rest of the year receiving permanent repairs and improvements, including a greatly enhanced anti-aircraft gun battery.

Nevada returned to combat during the Attu landings in May 1943 against the Japanese. In Jun 1944 she fired against German defenses during the Normandy landings, then again in similar roles in Aug and Sep 1944 during the invasion of Southern France. After relining her gun barrels at New York, she returned to the Pacific and supported the operations in Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945. At Okinawa, she was struck by a suicide Kamikaze aircraft and lost 11 men, but she continued to supply critical naval gun support for the ground troops.

After WW2, the obsolete battleship was assigned to serve as a target during the Jul 1946 atomic bomb tests at Bikini Island of the Marshall Islands. She survived the blast, but she was poisoned with radiation. She was decommissioned in Aug 1946 and sunk by gunfire and torpedoes on 31 Jul 1948.

Sources: Naval Historical Center, Wikipedia.

Battleship USS Nevada (BB-36) Interactive Map

USS Nevada Operational Timeline

11 Mar 1916 Nevada was commissioned into service.
6 Dec 1941 Battleships USS Nevada arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Islands.
29 Aug 1946 Nevada was decommissioned from service.
31 Jul 1948 The battleship USS Nevada, having survived both sinking at Pearl Harbor and the Bikini Atoll atom bomb test, was finally destroyed as a target off US Territory of Hawaii.

Photographs

Nevada running trials, circa early 1916A kite balloon landing on the Nevada at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1919Battleship NevadaBattleship Nevada
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Plot of USS Nevada




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Visitor Submitted Comments

  1. the_ed17 says:
    20 Jan 2009 01:47:34 PM

    I wrote most of the Wikipedia article on this ship. :) Good job! Only thoughts: last sentence, third para should be "battleshipS of the United States" (plural) and shouldn't ship names be italicized? Cheers!
  2. John Pritchett says:
    6 Apr 2010 02:01:25 PM

    To whom it may concern:

    I am trying to confirm that my father, J.L. (Jim) Pritchett, was a member of the USS Nevada on Dec. 7, 1941. If anyone has direction where I might find a crew list, or any other information that my point me in the right direction, I would be greatly appreciated.
  3. Anonymous says:
    9 Jun 2010 06:18:39 PM

    I am also trying to find a crew list, my uncle was on board the USS Nevada Dec.7th 1941 and it would be great to see crew list and maybe pictures of shipmates. If anyone could be of help that would be great.
  4. Anonymous says:
    24 Jun 2010 10:15:33 AM

    I am trying to find the crew list that may have my Grandfathers name, he was on the Nevada during WW I. Can anyone help?
  5. Tom Raywood says:
    23 Nov 2010 01:22:05 PM

    This looks like a proper resource for obtaining crew lists:

    http://www.ussrankin.org/crewlists.htm
  6. Patty Combs says:
    18 Nov 2011 11:07:35 AM

    Im trying to find out if my father Joseph H Zeallor was on the USS Nevada. He was in WWII and passed away in 1970 when I was a little girl. Im trying to find and naval information that is available on him. Please contact me if you can help. Thanks
  7. Steve Yeager says:
    9 Mar 2012 04:48:35 PM

    My Grandfather was Howard A Yeager XO of the nevada from 1943 to 1945. we have a Nevada yearbook and it has many pictures and references. If anyone might know of him or someone that served under him then email me at admiralyeager@gmail.com and that would be greatly appreciated
  8. John J. Haeg says:
    6 Apr 2012 03:12:03 PM

    George was my neighbor growing up in the Tri Cities, Washington State, and was a personal friend and mentor who was at Pearl Harbor on board the USS Nevada on Dec 7, 1941. George passed away on March 26, 2012, at the age of 91 having joined in the Navy in 1939. George served throughout WWII in the South Pacific. Through our discussions, taught me the importance of serving having did two tours in the United States Marine Corps. George will be missed by all, Semper Fi,
  9. Phillip Mason says:
    15 May 2012 07:40:50 PM

    My granddaddy served on the Nevada. She was a great ship. I have his Nevada year book and other things from that time. It means so much to me. I am proud to know he served on the only battleship that got underway at pearl harbour. His name was Leonard Mason.
  10. Anonymous says:
    31 Jul 2012 06:28:18 PM

    My grandfather served on the Nevada from 1942 to 1945. Any yearbook he may have had & all of his medals were lost. I am trying to find pictures etc. for our family history. He is now deceased. Any help?
  11. larry mullins says:
    23 Sep 2012 01:06:28 AM

    my father Edward Mullins war at p.harbor.I would love to know more about him and his service time...How do I do this?
  12. Luke says:
    17 Jan 2013 01:54:10 PM

    I would enjoy any information about the USS Nevada from 1942 to1945. Any pictures of the crew would be awesome. My father, L.B. Hallmark served under Commander H. O. Yeager.
    My email address is aphsct@westal.net
    I live in Alabama
  13. Timothy says:
    12 Sep 2013 09:01:35 AM

    I am interested in knowing if any images/pictures of the torpedo tubes on the Nevada or her sister ship (Oklahoma) (exterior/interior) exist and are available for viewing? Thank you.
  14. Anonymous says:
    2 Nov 2013 10:33:58 AM

    My dad was on the USS Nevada. 1942-1946 was wounded by a Japanese suicide plane, (purple heart recipient Frank L. Merrill) any info. and/or pictures will be very much appreciated
  15. Riel says:
    7 Dec 2013 01:58:16 PM

    My grandfather was Ignacio Aguellon and was the bandmaster on the ship. I am looking for any information on him.
  16. Christina Carlton says:
    2 Mar 2014 04:54:31 AM

    Looking for crew listing around 1926.
  17. Reva Meyers Glushien says:
    14 Jun 2014 12:16:54 PM

    I am looking for information regarding my father, Maurice B. Meyers, who served as a storekeeper, second class on the Nevada. He enlisted in September 1943 and discharged May 1946.

    Thank you.
    Reva Meyers Glushien

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Nevada running trials, circa early 1916
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