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 will launch Sea Stories, a new blog that will bring 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.

Battle of the Eastern Sololmons

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AUGUST 24, 1942: Baptism of Fire – the Battleship’s first battle engagement The Battleship’s first crew member killed in action was George E. Conlon on August 24, 1942. Seaman Mike Marko detailed in his diary, “Time is now 1740. I am now looking at wounded man to see if I know him. Boy that hole read more…

Smokers

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“Smokers” were recreation nights. Wrestling, boxing, music and talent shows were held on the fantail. Sometimes other ships were invited to participate. The evening ended with a movie and ice cream. “I do remember we fought smokers on our ships which included fighters from other ships, the USS WASHINGTON, and one aircraft carrier. When we read more…

Cartoonist

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Edward James “Mick” Gorman (1923-2007) reported aboard BB55 in July 1943. He was one of several talented artists who served on the Battleship. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps while he was in high school in Emeryville, California, and after graduating joined the U.S. Navy. Always artistic and full of …”it”, he entertained his shipmates read more…