USS North Carolina (BB-55)

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USS North Carolina (BB-55) at sea off New York City, 3 June 1946
Career (USA)
Name:North Carolina
Namesake:North Carolina
Ordered:1 August 1937
Builder:New York Naval Shipyard
Cost:$76,885,750
Laid down:27 October 1937
Launched:13 June 1940
Sponsored by:Isabel Hoey
Commissioned:9 April 1941
Decommissioned:27 June 1947
Struck:1 June 1960
Nickname:Showboat
Honors and
awards:

Silver-service-star-3d.png Silver-service-star-3d.png Silver-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars
American Defense Service ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Navy Occupation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Phliber rib.png Philippine Liberation Medal

Philippine Independence Medal Ribbon.jpg Philippine Independence Medal
Status:Museum ship
General characteristics
Class & type:North Carolina-class battleship
Displacement:37,484 short tons (34,005 t) (standard)
44,377 short tons (40,258 t) (loaded)
Length:728.8 ft (222.1 m)
Beam:108.3 ft (33.0 m)
Draft:33.0 ft (10.1 m)
Installed power:121,000 hp (90,000 kW)
Propulsion:Four General Electric steam turbines
eight boilers
four propeller shafts
Speed:26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)
Range:17,450 nmi (32,320 km; 20,080 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement:about 2,339 (144 officers and 2,195 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
CXAM-1 radar beginning in 1940[1]
Armament:9 × 16 in (410 mm)/45 calibre Mark 6 guns
20 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 calibre dual-purpose guns
16 × 1.1 in (28 mm) anti-aircraft guns—replaced by 15 quad 40mm antiaircraft guns and 46 single 20mm cannon
Armor:Maximum: 16 in (410 mm)
Aircraft carried:3 × Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes
Aviation facilities:2 × trainable catapults on her fantail
USS North Carolina (Battleship)
The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial
USS North Carolina (BB-55) is located in North Carolina
LocationWilmington, North Carolina
Coordinates34°14′11.21″N 77°57′15.27″W / 34.2364472°N 77.9542417°W / 34.2364472; -77.9542417Coordinates: 34°14′11.21″N 77°57′15.27″W / 34.2364472°N 77.9542417°W / 34.2364472; -77.9542417
Built1941
ArchitectBrooklyn Navy Yard
Governing bodyState
NRHP Reference #82004893
Significant dates
Added to NRHP10 November 1982[2]
Designated NHL14 January 1986[3]
 
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Black-and-white photo of battleship steaming left of screen
USS North Carolina (BB-55) at sea off New York City, 3 June 1946
Career (USA)
Name:North Carolina
Namesake:North Carolina
Ordered:1 August 1937
Builder:New York Naval Shipyard
Cost:$76,885,750
Laid down:27 October 1937
Launched:13 June 1940
Sponsored by:Isabel Hoey
Commissioned:9 April 1941
Decommissioned:27 June 1947
Struck:1 June 1960
Nickname:Showboat
Honors and
awards:

Silver-service-star-3d.png Silver-service-star-3d.png Silver-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars
American Defense Service ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Navy Occupation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Phliber rib.png Philippine Liberation Medal

Philippine Independence Medal Ribbon.jpg Philippine Independence Medal
Status:Museum ship
General characteristics
Class & type:North Carolina-class battleship
Displacement:37,484 short tons (34,005 t) (standard)
44,377 short tons (40,258 t) (loaded)
Length:728.8 ft (222.1 m)
Beam:108.3 ft (33.0 m)
Draft:33.0 ft (10.1 m)
Installed power:121,000 hp (90,000 kW)
Propulsion:Four General Electric steam turbines
eight boilers
four propeller shafts
Speed:26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)
Range:17,450 nmi (32,320 km; 20,080 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement:about 2,339 (144 officers and 2,195 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
CXAM-1 radar beginning in 1940[1]
Armament:9 × 16 in (410 mm)/45 calibre Mark 6 guns
20 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 calibre dual-purpose guns
16 × 1.1 in (28 mm) anti-aircraft guns—replaced by 15 quad 40mm antiaircraft guns and 46 single 20mm cannon
Armor:Maximum: 16 in (410 mm)
Aircraft carried:3 × Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes
Aviation facilities:2 × trainable catapults on her fantail
USS North Carolina (Battleship)
The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial
USS North Carolina (BB-55) is located in North Carolina
LocationWilmington, North Carolina
Coordinates34°14′11.21″N 77°57′15.27″W / 34.2364472°N 77.9542417°W / 34.2364472; -77.9542417Coordinates: 34°14′11.21″N 77°57′15.27″W / 34.2364472°N 77.9542417°W / 34.2364472; -77.9542417
Built1941
ArchitectBrooklyn Navy Yard
Governing bodyState
NRHP Reference #82004893
Significant dates
Added to NRHP10 November 1982[2]
Designated NHL14 January 1986[3]

USS North Carolina (BB-55) (Showboat) was the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleships and the fourth warship in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the State of North Carolina. She was the first newly constructed American battleship to enter service during World War II, and she took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of Operations to become the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II, accumulating 15 battle stars.[4] The USS North Carolina is now a museum ship and memorial kept at the seaport of Wilmington, N.C.

Construction and shakedown[edit]

Fitting-out stage, 17 April 1941

The North Carolina was laid down on 27 October 1937 at the New York Naval Shipyard and launched on 13 June 1940, sponsored by the young daughter of Clyde R. Hoey, the Governor of North Carolina. This battleship was commissioned in New York City on 9 April 1941, with Captain Olaf M. Hustvedt in command. She was the first of the U.S. Navy's fast, heavily armed battleships to be commissioned, carrying a powerful main battery of nine 16 in (410 mm) (45 caliber) guns. The North Carolina received so much attention during her completion and sea trials that she won the lasting nickname of "Showboat".[5]

As the first newly designed American battleship to be built in two decades, the North Carolina was built using the latest in shipbuilding technology. Limited to a standard displacement of 35,000 long tons (36,000 t) by both the Washington Naval Treaty and the London Naval Treaty, and to a beam of less than 110 ft (34 m) by the width of the locks of the Panama Canal, and to a draft of no more than 38 ft (12 m) to enable the battleship to use as many anchorages and shipyards as possible, she was a challenge to design.[6]

To save weight, the North Carolina was built using the new technique of welded construction. Her machinery arrangement was unusual in that there were four main spaces, each with two boilers and one steam turbine connected to each of the four propeller shafts. This arrangement served to reduce the number of openings in watertight bulkheads and to conserve the space to be protected by the armor plate. The long sweeping flush deck of the North Carolina and her streamlined structure made her far more graceful than earlier battleships. Her large tower forward, tall uncluttered stacks, and clean superstructure and hull were a sharp break from the elaborate bridgework, heavy tripod masts, and casemated secondary batteries which characterized her predecessors.[6] The North Carolina was one of 14 ships to receive the early RCA CXAM-1 radar.

Service during World War II[edit]

The North Carolina completed her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Early in 1942, the North Carolina was scheduled to steam to Pearl Harbor. However, she remained in the Atlantic Ocean for a few more months so that she would be available to take on the German battleship Tirpitz in the event that battleship began to attack Atlantic convoys carrying war supplies and troops from the United States to Great Britain. The North Carolina was finally ordered to the Pacific Fleet in the summer of 1942.[7]

After intensive war exercises, the North Carolina departed for the Pacific theater of Operations. She was the first new battleship to arrive in the Pacific since the beginning of the war, transiting the Panama Canal on 10 June, four days following the end of the Battle of Midway in the Central Pacific.[8] She steamed to the port of San Pedro, California, and then to San Francisco before proceeding to Pearl Harbor.[9] According to sailors there, North Carolina was "the most beautiful thing they had ever seen", and her arrival in Hawaii greatly increased the morale of the Pacific Fleet.[10] The North Carolina departed from Pearl Harbor on 15 July with the task force of the aircraft carrier Enterprise, the heavy cruiser Portland, the light cruiser Atlanta, and eight screening destroyers. This task force was headed for combat in the South Pacific Ocean.[11]

The North Carolina joined the long island-hopping campaign against the Japanese by assisting in the landing of U.S. Marines on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi on 7 August 1942, thus beginning the long campaign for Guadalcanal.[12] She was the only battleship in the naval force in the South Pacific, escorting the aircraft carriers Saratoga, Enterprise, and Wasp, surrounded by their cruisers and destroyers.[13] After helping to screen the Enterprise in the air support force for the amphibious landing, the North Carolina guarded the aircraft carrier during her mission of protecting the supply and communication lines to the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal. Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers were spotted on 24 August, and that battle was called the Battle of the Eastern Solomons.[12]

The Americans struck first, sinking the carrier Ryūjō. The Japanese counterattack came in the form of dive bombers and torpedo bombers, covered by fighters, striking at the Enterprise and the North Carolina.[14] In an action eight-minutes long, the North Carolina shot down seven to 14 enemy aircraft, with her antiaircraft gunners remaining at their posts despite the jarring detonations of seven near misses. One sailor was killed by strafing, but the North Carolina was undamaged. Her sheer volume of antiaircraft fire was so heavy to cause the officers of the Enterprise to ask, "Are you afire?"[6]

The North Carolina fired 841 rounds of 5-inch (127 mm) (38 caliber) shells, 1037 rounds of 1.1-inch ammunition, 7425 rounds of 20-mm shells, and 8641 rounds of .50 caliber machine gun bullets during the attack.[15] The gunners of her 5-inch antiaircraft guns "...estimated that the rate of fire exceeded 17 rounds per minute on all guns...", but they reported that vibrations hampered their optical range-finding and that the Mark 4 FD radar had difficulty acquiring targets.[15] The protection North Carolina could offer Enterprise was limited as the speedier carrier plunged ahead of her. Enterprise took three direct hits while her aircraft severely damaged seaplane carrier Chitose and hit other Japanese ships. Since the Japanese lost about 100 aircraft in this action, the U.S. Navy won control of the air and averted a threatened Japanese reinforcement of Guadalcanal.[6]

USS North Carolina World War II service
North Carolina operating near the Gilbert Islands, November 1943 
North Carolina during Marshall Islands Campaign, 25 January 1944 
North Carolina firing her main battery 
North Carolina in heavy seas, December 1944 

North Carolina now gave her strength to protect the Saratoga. Twice during the following weeks of support to Marines ashore on Guadalcanal, North Carolina was attacked by Japanese submarines. On 6 September, she maneuvered successfully, dodging a torpedo that passed 300 yd (270 m) off the port beam.[16] Nine days later, on 15 September, sailing with the Wasp and the Hornet, the North Carolina suffered a torpedo hit on her port side just forward of her number 1 gun turret, 20 ft (6m) below her waterline making a hole 32 ft by 18 ft, and killing five of her men. This torpedo originated from I-19, and other torpedoes in the same salvo sank Wasp and the destroyer O'Brien.[17][18] Skillful damage control by the crew of North Carolina and the excellence of her construction prevented disaster; a 5.6° list was righted in as many minutes, and she maintained her station in a formation at 26 kn (30 mph; 48 km/h).[19]

After temporary repairs in New Caledonia, the ship proceeded to Pearl Harbor to be dry docked for a month for repairs to her hull and to receive more antiaircraft armament.[13] Following repairs, she returned to action, screening Enterprise and Saratoga and covering supply and troop movements in the Solomons for much of the next year. She was at Pearl Harbor in March and April 1943 to receive advanced fire control and radar gear, and again in September, to prepare for the Gilbert Islands operation.[20]

With Enterprise, in the Northern Covering Group, North Carolina sortied from Pearl Harbor on 10 November for the assault on Makin, Tarawa, and Abemama. Air strikes began on 19 November, and for ten days mighty air blows were struck to aid marines ashore engaged in some of the bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War. Supporting the Gilberts campaign and preparing the assault on the Marshalls, North Carolina's highly accurate big guns bombarded Nauru on 8 December, destroying air facilities, beach defense revetments, and radio installations.[21] Later that month, she protected Bunker Hill in strikes against shipping and airfields at Kavieng, New Ireland and in January 1944 joined the Task Force 58 (TF 58), Rear Admiral Marc Mitscher in command, at Funafuti, Ellice Islands.[19]

During the assault and capture of the Marshall Islands, North Carolina illustrated the classic battleship functions of World War II. She screened carriers from air attack in pre-invasion strikes as well as during close air support of troops ashore, beginning with the initial strikes on Kwajalein on 29 January. She fired on targets at Namur and Roi, where she sank a cargo ship in the lagoon.[22]

The battlewagon then protected carriers in the massive air strike on Truk, the Japanese fleet base in the Carolines, where 39 large ships were left sunk, burning, or uselessly beached, and 211 planes were destroyed, another 104 severely damaged.[22] Next she fought off an air attack against the flattops near the Marianas 21 February splashing an enemy plane, and the next day again guarded the carriers in air strikes on Saipan, Tinian, and Guam.

During much of this period, she was flagship for Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Willis A. Lee, Jr., Commander Battleships Pacific.[23]

With Majuro as her base, North Carolina joined in the attacks on Palau and Woleai on 31 March – 1 April, shooting down another enemy plane during the approach phase. On Woleai, 150 enemy aircraft were destroyed along with ground installations. Support for the capture of the Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) area of New Guinea followed (13–24 April); then another major raid on Truk (29–30 April), during which North Carolina splashed yet another enemy aircraft. At Truk, North Carolina's planes were catapulted to rescue an American aviator downed off the reef.[24] After one plane had turned over on landing and the other, having rescued all the airmen, had been unable to take off with so much weight, Tang saved all involved. The next day, North Carolina destroyed coastal defense guns, antiaircraft batteries, and airfields at Ponape. The battleship then sailed to repair her rudder at Pearl Harbor.[19]

Returning to Majuro, North Carolina sortied with the Enterprise's carrier group on 6 June (D-Day in Europe) for the Marianas. During the assault on Saipan, North Carolina not only gave her usual protection to the carriers, but starred in bombardments on the west coast of Saipan covering minesweeping operations, and blasted the harbor at Tanapag, sinking several small craft and destroying enemy ammunition, fuel, and supply dumps. At dusk on invasion day, 15 June, the battleship downed one of the only two Japanese aircraft able to penetrate the combat air patrol.[19]

On 18 June, North Carolina cleared the islands with the carriers to confront the Japanese 1st Mobile Fleet, tracked by submarines and aircraft for the previous four days.[25] Next day began the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and she took station in the battle line that fanned out from the carriers. American aircraft succeeded in downing most of the Japanese raiders before they reached the American ships, and North Carolina shot down two of the few which got through.[19]

On that day and the next, American air and submarine attacks, with the fierce antiaircraft fire of such ships as North Carolina, virtually ended any future threat from Japanese naval aviation: three carriers were sunk, two tankers damaged so badly they were scuttled, and all but 36 of the 430 planes with which the Japanese had begun the battle were destroyed.[26] The loss of trained aviators was irreparable, as was the loss of skilled aviation maintenance men in the carriers. Not one American ship was lost, and only a handful of American planes failed to return to their carriers.[19]

After supporting air operations in the Marianas for another two weeks, North Carolina sailed for overhaul at Puget Sound Navy Yard. She rejoined the carriers off Ulithi on 7 November as a furious typhoon, Typhoon Cobra, struck the group.[27] The ships fought through the storm and carried out air strikes against western Leyte, Luzon, and the Visayas to support the struggle for Leyte. During similar strikes later in the month, North Carolina fought off her first kamikaze attack.[19]

As the pace of operations in the Philippines intensified, North Carolina guarded carriers while their planes kept the Japanese aircraft on Luzon airfields from interfering with the invasion convoys which assaulted Mindoro on 15 December.[28] Three days later the task force again sailed through a violent typhoon, which capsized several destroyers. With Ulithi now her base, North Carolina screened wide-ranging carrier strikes on Formosa, the coast of Indo-China and China, and the Ryūkyūs in January, and similarly supported strikes on Honshū the next month.[29] Hundreds of enemy aircraft were destroyed which might otherwise have resisted the assault on Iwo Jima, where North Carolina bombarded and provided call fire for the assaulting Marines through 22 February.[19]

Strikes on targets in the Japanese home islands laid the ground-work for the Okinawa assault, in which North Carolina played her dual role, of bombardment and carrier screening. Here, on 6 April, she downed three kamikazes, but took a 5 in (130 mm) hit from a friendly ship during the melee of anti-aircraft fire. Three men were killed and 44 wounded.[30] Next day came the last desperate sortie of the Japanese Fleet, as Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, came south with her attendants. Yamato, as well as a cruiser and a destroyer, were sunk, three other destroyers were damaged so badly that they were scuttled, and the remaining four destroyers returned to their fleet base at Sasebo badly damaged. On the same day, North Carolina splashed an enemy plane, and she shot down two more on 17 April.[19]

After overhaul at Pearl Harbor, North Carolina rejoined the carriers for a month of air strikes and naval bombardment on the Japanese home islands.[31] Along with guarding the carriers, North Carolina fired on major industrial plants near Tokyo, and her scout plane pilots performed a daring rescue of a downed carrier pilot under heavy fire in Tokyo Bay.[32]

North Carolina sent both sailors and members of her Marine Detachment ashore for preliminary occupation duty in Japan immediately at the close of the war, and patrolled off the coast until anchoring in Tokyo Bay on 5 September to re-embark her men. Carrying passengers from Okinawa, North Carolina sailed for home, reaching the Panama Canal on 8 October.[33] She anchored at Boston 17 October, and after overhaul at New York exercised in New England waters and carried United States Naval Academy midshipmen for a summer training cruise in the Caribbean.[24]

Decommissioning and battleship memorial[edit]

After inactivation, she was decommissioned at New York on 27 June 1947. Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1960, the North Carolina was transferred to the state of North Carolina on 6 September 1961. She was purchased from the U.S. Navy for $330,000 raised by the efforts of North Carolina school children who saved their spare change and lunch money for the "Save Our Ship" campaign.[34] In 1961, a fleet of tugboats was used to maneuver the 728 ft (222 m) ship through an area of the river 500 ft (150 m) wide. During this move the ship struck the restaurant "Fergus' Ark", near Princess Street. "Fergus' Ark" was formerly a U.S. Army troopship. The river-based restaurant was damaged severely and ceased operation.[35] On 29 April 1962, she was dedicated at Wilmington, North Carolina as a memorial to North Carolinians of all services killed in World War II.

This battleship was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.[3][36]

Visitors to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial can tour the main deck of the ship, many interior compartments, and some of the gun turrets. Self-guide tours normally require two hours. One may easily see the city of Wilmington from the deck. There is an admission charge. Visitors may also view one of the nine surviving OS2U Kingfisher aircraft in the world, located on the stern of the ship.[37] This particular aircraft was salvaged from a British Columbia, Canada mountainside in 1964 and donated by Lynn Garrison. It was restored by Vought Aeronautics retirees in Grand Prairie, Texas. Various events are held at the memorial including the annual Fourth of July fireworks display from the adjacent battleship park and spaces may be rented for special events. A Roll of Honor in the Wardroom lists the names of North Carolinians who gave their lives in service in all the branches of the military during World War II. The site is accessible by car or a short water taxi ride originating from downtown Wilmington and also features a gift shop, visitors center and picnic area.

The memorial is administered by North Carolina Battleship Commission which was established by statutes of the State of North Carolina in 1960. The memorial relies upon its own revenues as well as donations and does not receive any tax revenues.[38]

In 1999, a reunion was held on the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. While standing on the signal bridge, the site of the friendly fire strike during the Okinawa assault of 6 April, former PFC Marine Gunner Richard R. Fox recalled the incident, describing to his daughters and granddaughters how he helped carry a severely injured sailor down to the sickbay. Fox had never been able to find out whether the other man had survived. During his story, Fox was approached by the fellow North Carolina veteran Richard W. Reed, who had overheard the story and interrupted it to identify himself as the injured sailor and offer his thanks. Neither man had known the other's identity for over a half-century.[39]

North Carolina was featured in a season two episode of Ghost Hunters in which the TAPS team investigated claims of paranormal activity.[40][41]

Recent projects undertaken to maintain the battleship include the replacement of the teak deck. Following a visit by officials from Myanmar, she received the most generous donation in her history: the gift of two tractor-trailer loads of the highest quality teak decking in the world, valued at approximately one quarter million dollars, and a very substantial discount on another eight tractor-trailer loads of the precious wood, valued at another quarter million dollars, to permit the entire re-decking of the ship's more than 1-acre (4,000 m2) of deck.[42]

Several near-term restoration projects are planned which will not require closure of the memorial. The next major restoration project for North Carolina is a refit of her hull. Initially it was announced that this work would require the battleship to be towed to Norfolk or Charleston. However, on 31 May 2010, the Battleship Commission opted instead to have the repair work done in place, using the same cofferdam process recently used to repair the museum ship USS Alabama (BB-60). This approach is expected to save $16 million as well as keep the battleship open to the public during the repair process.[43]

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial
Historical marker at entrance to USS North Carolina in Wilmington 
North Carolina preserved as a museum on the Cape Fear River 
Aerial view of the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, 2006 
Close-up of the six forward guns of the USS North Carolina 
OS2U Kingfisher exhibited on deck 
Whaleboat for emergency and transport purposes 
Water filtration system 
Surgical clinic 
A portion of the Mess Decks 
Sailors' bunks 

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