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.

Launching A Plane

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“There were two types of catapults, one was powered by compressed air and the other was by a 5 inch shell with gunpowder, and the one with the 5 inch shell was much smoother than the compressed air.” Launching from a catapult “was just a very easy way of getting airborne. You didn’t do very read more…

Code Room

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  IT IS A SECRET “We were not supposed to tell anybody where we had been or where we were going. The trouble was we didn’t know anything anyway! The mess cooks were our oracles. You can imagine how glad we were when LIFE magazine came aboard so we could learn where we’d been and read more…

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…