USS Oklahoma


New Ships To Bear the Names Arizona and Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

It’s been over 75 years since a US Navy ship named USS Arizona or USS Oklahoma was in service. After being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941,... Read More

USS Oklahoma Survivor Celebrates 101st Birthday

By: Mark Loproto

Each passing year brings the loss of more and more survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, so when one of these heroes celebrates a birthday, it’s cause for celebration. One... Read More

Don’t Miss These Pearl Harbor Photo Ops

By: Mark Loproto

When you go on a tour of Pearl Harbor and find yourself immersed in the history and surrounded by hundreds of other curious visitors, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed.... Read More

Francis Flaherty: Hero of USS Oklahoma

By: Mark Loproto

On December 14, 1941, seven days after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, John Flaherty received a box of Christmas presents from his brother in Hawaii. At about the... Read More

USS Oklahoma Casualty Robert Holmes Identified

By: Mark Loproto

During the chaos that erupted on December 7, 1941, Marine Pfc. Robert Holmes found the ship he was serving on a target of the attacking Japanese Navy's torpedoes. The attack... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor George C. Ford Identified

By: Mark Loproto

The weight of the Pearl Harbor attack is still heavy for some families, such as the relatives of Fireman 2nd Class George C. Ford. Although the attack unfolded more than... Read More

Pearl Harbor Mystery: Where Is USS Oklahoma?

By: Mark Loproto

The early morning quiet of a routine December Sunday on Oahu was shattered when aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy came screaming over Pearl Harbor and launched one of the... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor James Solomon Identified

By: Mark Loproto

[caption id="attachment_125428" align="alignleft" width="260"] James Solomon[/caption] It was more than 76 years ago when Navy Seaman 1st Class James Solomon was lost at Pearl Harbor. The North Texas native served... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor Clifford Goodwin Identified

By: Mark Loproto

It’s a headline that’s popped up dozens of times since 2015: The remains of a sailor from USS Oklahoma (BB-37), the ill-fated battleship that capsized and sank during the December... Read More

Four Iconic Pearl Harbor Moments

By: Mark Loproto

Visiting Pearl Harbor is the best way of remembering those who gave their lives during the tragic events of December 7th, 1941. Spending time at the USS Arizona and Oklahoma... Read More

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

By: Mark Loproto

In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) began work on a program that aims to return home hundreds of soldiers and sailors killed during battle whose remains were unable... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor William Hellstern Identified

By: Bruce Danforth

It started with a DNA sample. Ted Hummell never knew his uncle William Hellstern, but he had heard about him all his life from his mother, Jeanne. William Francis Hellstern... Read More

USS Oklahoma Sailor Edward Slapikas Identified

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, US Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Slapikas was serving aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37) when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an aerial strike against Pearl... Read More

Navy Chaplain Awarded Silver Star

By: Mark Loproto

The attack on Pearl Harbor produced heroes of all kinds, and not all of them were fighting men. In a ceremony coinciding with the 76th anniversary of the attack, naval... Read More