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.

Night Air Action

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On November 25 and 26, 1943, BB55 was supporting the landing operations at Makin with Task Group 50.2. “The night was clear but dark; sunset at 1817. There was no moon. Surface visibility after darkness was 4,000 yards. The sky was about 0.3 covered with cumulus clouds. The sea was calm, the wind was about read more…

Shore Leave

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In August and September 1944, BB55 was in the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA. “Everyone was entitled to 30 days leave year, but once the ship arrived in the South Pacific in July 1942, no one received much of a leave unless it was an emergency, until the ship returned for a major overhaul read more…

Daily Life

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“The working hours are from 8:15 am to 4 pm. We still get up at 5:30 am though. I don’t know my way around the ship / only a small portion and don’t even know how to get to it or back again. The decks inside are all that hard stuff like hard rubber you read more…