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.

Invasion of the Marshall Islands

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Invasion of the Marshall Islands January 29-February 5, 1944 “The next event of importance was our attack on Kwajalein Islands. We approached the island in daylight and sighted a Japanese Betty at 1635 and opened fire with our five-inch guns. We have been at General Quarters since early morning and my GQ station at that read more…

Supply Division

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“I had a back-up money supply in a safe in the corner of my disbursing office. I took the money out to count every 4 or 5 days. Once, I found a pea in the bottom of the safe. Other than wondering how it got there, I didn’t pay much attention to it. The next read more…

Christmas 1943

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Background: In December 1943, after 30 days at sea, BB55 headed to Efate in the New Hebrides for some rest and relaxation. Chaplain Everett Wuebbens arranged a burlesque show for the men. There were skits, dances, strip tease and comedy acts. The highlight was the crew members dressed in drag, complete with wigs made from read more…