USS West Virginia


When a Ship Is Decommissioned

By: Mark Loproto

The life cycle of a US Navy ship begins when its keel is laid down for construction. After construction is completed, she’s launched into the open water, where she undergoes... Read More

The Heroism of YG-17 at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

Naval ship categories often have names that sound important to wartime efforts. Destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships, minelayers – they’re all very clearly involved in some form of naval combat. Some,... Read More

USS West Virginia Survivor Archie Kelley Turns 100

By: Bruce Danforth

[caption id="attachment_128947" align="alignright" width="360"] Archie Kelley[/caption] When Archie Kelley turned 100 years old, it was a milestone that many others wished to celebrate with him. Kelley’s 100th birthday wasn’t just any... Read More

Lewis LaGesse: Pearl Harbor Ghost

By: Mark Loproto

“They thought I was a ghost.” Not many people can make that statement with a straight face. World War II veteran Lewis  LaGesse was one man who definitely could, after... Read More

The Mighty Wee Vee – USS West Virginia

By: Mark Loproto

Next in our ongoing look at the ships of Pearl Harbor, here's a look at the USS West Virginia (BB-48): USS West Virginia Specs: Overall Length: 624’ Maximum Displacement: 32,100... Read More

USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

Affectionately nicknamed "Wee Vee", USS West Virginia was commissioned in in December 1923.  She was moved to Hawaii in 1940 with the US Pacific Fleet and was the youngest of all... Read More

Pearl Harbor Survivor from Colorado James Downing

By: Chris Ramos

INTRODUCTION Remember Pearl Harbor. Weakness invites aggression. Keep America strong. Nobody spreads this message better than Jim Downing. For anyone who has had the opportunity to be engaged by his sharp... Read More