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USS North Carolina

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5-20-2020

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My paper chronicles the history of the USS North Carolina (BB-55). Once considered the world's most powerful battleship, North Carolina, was commissioned into service in April of 1941 as the first American battleship built in two decades, representing design and armament never considered before in the United States Navy. Sent to the Pacific during World War II, the North Carolina served in every major campaign, including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, and became the most decorated battleship of the Navy during the war. After being decommissioned in 1947, North Carolina was slated to be scrapped. However, a group of citizens from North Carolina began a fundraiser to bring it to the state in 1962. Today, the North Carolina is permanently displayed in Wilmington, N.C. as both a museum ship and a memorial to the North Carolinians who fought and died in World War II. The North Carolina's service illustrates the "big picture" of the Pacific naval war as well as the daily experience of sailors and officers, while its post-war role is an example of the evolving public history of WWII. My paper relies on secondary scholarly sources, especially two published histories of the North Carolina, as well as works on the Pacific naval war and the major campaigns in which the North Carolina participated. I may seek to expand that source base, as well as explore additional oral history interviews with North Carolina crew and officers and more information about its role as a memorial and museum.

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USS North Carolina

My paper chronicles the history of the USS North Carolina (BB-55). Once considered the world's most powerful battleship, North Carolina, was commissioned into service in April of 1941 as the first American battleship built in two decades, representing design and armament never considered before in the United States Navy. Sent to the Pacific during World War II, the North Carolina served in every major campaign, including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, and became the most decorated battleship of the Navy during the war. After being decommissioned in 1947, North Carolina was slated to be scrapped. However, a group of citizens from North Carolina began a fundraiser to bring it to the state in 1962. Today, the North Carolina is permanently displayed in Wilmington, N.C. as both a museum ship and a memorial to the North Carolinians who fought and died in World War II. The North Carolina's service illustrates the "big picture" of the Pacific naval war as well as the daily experience of sailors and officers, while its post-war role is an example of the evolving public history of WWII. My paper relies on secondary scholarly sources, especially two published histories of the North Carolina, as well as works on the Pacific naval war and the major campaigns in which the North Carolina participated. I may seek to expand that source base, as well as explore additional oral history interviews with North Carolina crew and officers and more information about its role as a memorial and museum.