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paleotn

(17,911 posts)
9. No bodies....
Mon May 11, 2020, 06:49 PM
May 2020

Nevada was sunk as target ship for her second sinking in 1948. Not even the Navy would put sailors through that kind of duty. Marines maybe. Not sailors.

Her first sinking was at Pearl Harbor. She was the only BB to get underway and was pounded mercilessly to keep her from escaping. Nevada eventually ran aground, to keep from sinking in the deep harbor channel. Her OOD that Sunday morning was a young ensign who won the Navy Cross for his actions. Heck of a story. Like most of our battleships in 1941, she was an antique. WWI vintage. Tough old ship though. She survived both Able and Baker nuke tests, before finally being torpedoed as a target ship off Hawaii.

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