Allied Warships

USS West Virginia (BB 48)

Battleship of the Colorado class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantBB 48 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down12 Apr 1920 
Launched19 Nov 1921 
Commissioned1 Dec 1923 
End service9 Jan 1947 

USS West Virginia (Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion) was sunk at Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941. Refloated on 17 May 1942 she was then returned to the US for extensive rebuilding. She did not return from repairs until early July 1944. Decommissioned 9 January 1947.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 24 August 1959 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS West Virginia (BB 48)

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1Capt. Henry Martin Jensen, USN14 May 19385 Jan 1940
2Capt. Henry Thomas Markland, USN5 Jan 194012 Aug 1941
3Capt. Mervyn Sharp Bennion, USN12 Aug 19417 Dec 1941 (+)
4Lt. William White, USN7 Dec 194115 Nov 1942
5Lt.Cdr. Levi James Knight, Jr., USN15 Nov 194210 Jan 1944
6Gerald J. King, USN10 Jan 194415 Jan 1944
7Capt. Herbert Victor Wiley, USN15 Jan 19442 May 1945
8T/Capt. Raymond Wilson Holsinger, USN2 May 194517 Jan 1946

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