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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: U.S.S. Nevada BB-36 is a survivor of the W.W. II Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in the Pacific in 1941. Now crossing the Atlantic, she pounds German gun emplacements with her main battery at the port of Cherbourg, during the allied Normandy Invasion of June 1944. The American battleship is straddled by fire from the guns of the Hamburg battery but remains intact and unsinkable!
SEE LARGE PICTURE Click Here - SEE CLOSE-UP DETAIL Click Here (large image may take a moment to open) DETAILED DESCRIPTION: UNSINKABLE! U.S.S. Nevada II BB-36 at Cherbourg, Sunday June 25th 1944 USS Nevada was commissioned during WWI in 1916. She was the first of only two "Nevada Class" battlewagons, her sister ship being USS Oklahoma. The Nevada Class was radically different from previous dreadnaughts. Her main guns were mounted at opposite ends of the ship and armor design was literally "all or nothing"! Only the most important areas of this ship were heavily plated, with heavier deck armor than many earlier vessels giving better protection from above.
Serving in both Atlantic and Pacific Fleets in the period between the wars, her appearance changed through modernization and refits. She was moored at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on Dec 7th 1941. Though struck by a torpedo and repeatedly by bombs, she was able to briefly get underway and beached herself at Hospital point to avoid sinking in the harbor entrance. She was re-floated and re-fitted and made ready once again for battle. After successfully operating with American forces in the Aleutian islands in 1943; she was next called upon to support the allied landings in Normandy off Utah Beach on June 6th 1944. Her accurate fire gave close support for 101st Airborne Division at St. Mere Eglise and broke up German counter attacks several miles inland! Nevada briefly returned to England for more ammunition and then went straight back into action.
Here we see her once more off the coast of France engaging the German "Hamburg Battery". Covered by a smoke screen layed by the heavy cruiser USS Quincy CA-71. USS Nevada and USS Texas BB-35 pounded the huge German 15 inch gun emplacements at Cherbourg. Even though the German guns out ranged those of the Americans and USS Texas took a direct hit; the Germans just couldn't hit the Nevada as she weaved through the salvos. German gunfire closely straddled the "Old Imperishable" nearly 30 times, shooting huge geysers of water high into the air and shrapnel over the ship. One shot even passed harmlessly between her two masts.
USS Nevada went on to fight in the south of France at Toulon. Next she sailed back to the Pacific for the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. At Okinawa she was damaged by a Japanese kamikaze suicide plane attack and an artillery shell. She spent the remaining months of World War II in the Western Pacific, preparing for the invasion of Japan. After the war she was painted orange to be used as the principal ship (of nearly one hundred target vessels) for the July 1946 U.S. atomic bomb tests at Bikini, in the Marshall Islands. Even though she was ground zero for the second of two atomic bomb blasts of "Operation Crossroads" she still didn't sink! Two years later, the damaged and radioactive USS Nevada was towed off Oahu, in the Hawaiian Islands on July 31, 1948 and sunk by gunfire from USS Iowa BB-6, 3 Heavy Cruisers and torpedoes. Nevada received 7 Battle Stars for World War II engagements and no enemy gun could sink her!
With Thanks to: LCDR L. Peter Wren, USNR (Retired). co-author of "BATTLE BORN. The Unsinkable U.S.S. NEVADA BB-36"
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