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"The W. Va. is shown as she was photographed at a dry dock in Pearl Harbor. The battleship was severely damaged in the Japanese raid Dec. 7, 1941. Damages to her sides are visible."
U.S.S. West Virginia in dry dock, likely in Newport News, Va. during construction.  The keel was laid down in April 1920, and the ship was launched in November 1921.
U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48) anchored in an unidentified location.
"The guns of U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48) in operation.  L.C.M.'s in foreground."  L.C.M. stands for Landing Craft Mechanized.
Bell of the U.S.S. West Virginia before installation on the campus of West Virginia University.  The bell was dedicated on December 7, 1967, and joined the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia in Memorial Plaza.
The installation of U.S.S. West Virginia's mast nears completion at Memorial Plaza on the campus of West Virginia University.  The Mountainlair and Stewart Hall are visible in the background.
Fern Evan's husband, GM3e Woodrow W. Evans was killed aboard the U.S.S. West Virginia during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, leaving Fern to support herself and their 20 month old son.  Subsequently, Mrs. Evans was employed at a West Coast aircraft plant.  She's shown here working on a radio bracket for a bomber.
Miller was a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia as a Messman Third Class during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Navy Cross--the third highest navy award for gallantry during combat--for "distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack. Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the face of serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain who had been mortally wounded to a place of greater safety and later manned and operated a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge."Miller was personally awarded the medal by Admiral Chester Nimitz. He was the first African-American to be awarded the honor.
Smoke billows from the U.S.S. West Virginia, which is pictured in the back and center of the photograph. The ship eventually sank.Floating on the left is the U.S.S. Maryland. On the right is a capsized U.S.S. Oklahoma.
Smoke rises from the sinking battleship, which was hit by seven torpedoes and two bombs.
An official U.S. Navy photograph. From left to right is the U.S.S. West Virginia, U.S.S. Tennessee, and the U.S.S. Arizona.
The photograph was taken at the beginning of the attack. The explosion seen in the center of the photograph is a torpedo that struck the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Crew members during a salvage and repair operation work port side of the battered battleship. The U.S.S. West Virginia was hit by seven torpedoes and two bombs during the December 7th attack.
The U.S.S. West Virginia looks battered and wounded while docked at the naval shipyard. The "Wee Vee" was hit by nine bombs and torpedoes by the Japanese warplanes during the December 7th attack.
Men on boats attempt to extinguish the fire on the U.S.S. West Virginia.
On the left, only the top deck and caged masts of the U.S.S. West Virginia can be seen. The U.S.S. West Virginia was hit with nine bombs and torpedoes total. In the center is the U.S.S. Arizona and on the right is the U.S.S. Tennessee. All ships are on fire.
The Japanese hit the "Wee Vee" with nine bombs and torpedoes during the attack. The U.S.S. Tennessee is moored on the right.
The U.S.S. West Virginia floats beneath the bridge.
Crew members pal around during the crossing initiation ceremony, where sailors who have never crossed the equator before are "brought before Neptune" and tested.
A sailor prepares to dive into the sea off the deck of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
American president Franklin D. Roosevelt inspected the Pacific Fleet, including the U.S.S. West Virginia.
A crowd awaits the U.S.S. West Virginia crew returning from a voyage. The boat on the left is the captain's "gig."
Captain Furlong was commander of the ship.
Crew members hanging out of the West Virginia and in a smaller boat alongside attempt to right the overturned boat.
Crew members look out to the sea from the deck.
A crew tends to the ship.
The battleship out at sea.
The motor boat that carries the officers to and from shore idles beside the battleship.
View looking at the 16" guns.
The motor boats were used to transport enlisted men to and from shore.
One of the two scout planes on the U.S.S. West Virginia sits on the stern deck.
Captain William Furlong peers out at the navigation bridge during a U.S.S. West Virginia voyage.
Crew members fire the 5" guns.
Looking up at the mast from the ship's deck.
The admiral is greeted with a band and guard as he boards the ship.
The plane sits on the battleship's deck.
The old captain of the ship, William R. Furlong (right), stands beside the new captain of the ship, William O. Spears (left).
The U.S.S. West Virginia crew organized on the deck.
Kalbfus is welcomed by 8 side boys, full guard, and band as well as the orderly duty and the quartermasters.
Furlong during a visit to the U.S.S. West Virginia.
A boat speeds across the sea while the U.S.S. West Virginia lurks in the background.
Two sailors on the deck observe the gunfire.
A group of men are scattered along the dry dock inspecting and repairing the ship.
Portraits of the men in the U.S.S. West Virginia's S Division, which handled supply, disbursing, and commissary.  All photos are identified with last name and first initials.  Several of the men are also identified by nickname.  William Hand is at bottom center.
The battleship's deck is briefly flooded by seawater.
Whale boat crew that won a race near San Pedro, California, on February 4, 1934 with a time of 16 minutes, 7 seconds.  William Hand is identified as front row, far right.
A sailor stands in the boat while it's being raised by the battleship's crane. The "punt" boat was used only to paint the sides of the ship. The boat pictured on the far left is a whale boat, which is used as a life boat and is also used in racing. The boat on the right  is called a "racing cutter" and is also used as a life boat and in cutter racing.
A sailor is transferred to the motor boat by gliding down a rope and pulley system. Motor boats were used to carry enlisted men ashore. Photo taken from the deck of the U.S.S. West Virginia. An unidentified battleship lurks in the background.
An unidentified crew member leans against the 5" gun and port.
Captain Spears and his inspecting party make a routine inspection.
A crew consisting of a cox, and engineer and two extra men are pictured on the stem of the boat, which was used to take enlisted men ashore. The boat carries about 125 men and is 50 feet long.
Sailors and Naval officers fill the battleship's deck.
View from the battleship's deck during the voyage.
Sailors idle beneath the ship's gun barrel while passing the bridge.
Looking at the bridge from the deck of the battleship.
Kneeling in the front row, from left to right, is PFC Meihold; Private Grewohl; PFC Dunning; and Private Hayes.Standing in the back, from left to right, is Corporal Pop Winn Coxswain; PFC Rottier; Private Hill; CPL Marquez; Private Davis; Private McIntyre; PFC Shumacher; and 1st Lieutenant Davis.
A sailor walks along the deck while the ship passes the bridge.
Ladders surround the battleship.
Crew members surround the battleship as its anchored near the dock.
Crew members walk around the deck while the ship is at sea.
A crew works on the battleship in the dock area.
The bay is seen in the distance.
Each link in the anchor chain weighs 100 lbs. and is one foot long. The chain falls through the hawse pipes.
Two unidentified admirals are pictured in their dress uniforms.
Photograph of the ship taken from the U.S.S. West Virginia.
McIlwain was part of the 7th Division Marine Detachment and a crew member on the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
The photo was taken from the deck of the U.S.S. West Virginia. Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Wright, left, is pictured with an unidentified woman on his lap. Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
The two men in the photo are sitting on top of or near one of the gun turrets on the ship.  Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Two sailors pose together for a photo. The man on the right is likely named Al. Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
A man likely named Al is pictured on the ship. Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia. William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Another battleship is visible in the background.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
An aerial view of U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48), board on beam.
An aerial view of U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48), broad on beam.
An aerial oblique view of U.S.S.  West Virginia in East River, with New York City in background.
The battleship out at sea.
Three unidentified students observe the U.S.S. West Virginia mast.
With assistance from members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, Joe Gluck helps unpack the bell of battle cruiser West Virginia:  Doug Ritchey (left); John Liston (right); Dan Blosser (third from left).
West Virginia University President James G. Harlow (left) and Naval Reserve Captain Marlyn E. Lugar are shown at dedication ceremonies for the bell from the armored cruiser and battleship U.S.S. West Virginia. In the background is Woodburn Hall and Chitwood Hall.
WVU President James G. Harlow speaks at dedication ceremony of the bell from the armored cruiser and battleship U.S.S. West Virginia. Oglebay Hall is pictured in the background.
'Dec. 7, 1967 ceremony dedicating the mast of armored cruiser 'U.S.S. West Virginia.'
'Rev. Joe Gluck speaks at Dec. 7, 1967 dedication ceremonies for the bell from the armored cruiser 'U.S.S. West Virginia.'  Two other main speakers are shown seated in the first row: WVU President James B. Harlow (second from left) and Naval Reserve Captain Marlyn E. Lugar (third from left).
The bell from the armored cruiser and battleship U.S.S. West Virginia, which was dedicated in a ceremony.
Lugar and Harlow stand behind a podium as they address the crowd at the dedication ceremony.
A group of men and women are gathered on the plaza during the dedication celebration.
The mast lays in a field before it is erected at West Virginia University's Memorial Plaza, which is located directly in front of Oglebay Hall.
A man places a wreath beside the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia.