It's All About The Crew

At one point during World War II there were over 2,300 men aboard. Each crew member has a story to tell. In 2013, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA launched Sea Stories to bring a better understanding of what it was like to live on a City at Sea. From comedic entertainment to dishearten of losing a fellow sailor, the archives are being opened to help share their story.

Planning a Bombardment

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In late January 1944, BB55 anchored at Funafuti in the Ellice Islands. Task Force 37 was dissolved and Task Force 58 was born. On January 23rd the Battleship was underway with Task Group 58.5 under command of Admiral Wills Lee. “Our particular task force went to Roi and Namur which is the northwestern end of read more…

Battleship Band #35

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BB55 Band #35 on stage of the Treasure Island receiving station while waiting for transport to BB55 in Noumea, New Caledonia, April 1943. The Battleship had multiple bands during her service. The middle one, Band #35, was formed from graduates of the Navy School of Music in April 1943 and reported to BB55 in July. read more…

Battleship’s Doctors

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The NORTH CAROLINA’s Sick Bay had a staff of 39. There were four doctors, three dentists, and one pharmacist who were officers. The enlisted were Pharmacist’s Mates and Hospital Apprentices. “There was a sailor in my division who kept trying to get out by psychological discharge. One day he crawled into the medical officer’s office read more…