West Virginia History

U.S.S. West Virginia (BB48)

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Explore WV Archive’s and History’s “U.S.S. West Virginia (BB48)” Online Exhibit

      “Contributions of USS West Virginia Remembered on Memorial Day”

“The USS West Virginia was a Colorado Class battleship that was commissioned in 1923. Through the 1930s, the battleship participated in routine training missions called Fleet Problems. The warship was 624-feet long, had eight 16-inch naval guns, torpedo tubes, anti-aircraft guns, 16 5-inch guns and was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Company.”

Explore WV Metro News’  “Contributions of USS West Virginia Remembered on Memorial Day” article to continue reading

    “A Medal of Honor recipient’s continued service”

“During the Battle of Iwo Jima, in the face of powerful enemy resistance, Marine Cpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams succeeded in destroying several heavily-defended machine-gun pillboxes, and was awarded the Medal of Honor. But his service to his country, and his gallantry, did not end there. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin talked with the 97-year-old Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, about his continuing efforts for Gold Star families.”

(7:49 /2021 / CBS Sunday Morning)

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