Allied Warships

USS California (BB 44)

Battleship of the Tennessee class


USS California as seen late in the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeBattleship
ClassTennessee 
PennantBB 44 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down25 Oct 1916 
Launched20 Nov 1919 
Commissioned10 Aug 1921 
End service14 Feb 1947 
History

USS California (Capt. J.W. Bunkley) was at Battleship Row at Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941 and was sunk during the attack. 98 of her crew died and 61 were wounded.

She was raised and was finally dry again on 25 March, 1942. She returned to action off Saipan in June 1944.

Decommissioned 14 February 1947.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 10 July 1959 and scrapped at Baltimore.

 

Commands listed for USS California (BB 44)

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CommanderFromTo
Joel William Bunckley, USN
Henry Poynton Burnett, USN
1Samuel Bragg Brewer, USNNov 194412 Oct 1945
2Lcmdr Lunsford Yandell Mason, Jr., USN12 Oct 1945

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