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PostIcon Posted on: Mar. 09 2001,12:38  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Aloha All,
Recent study by Lorraine Marks-Haislip, USS Arizona Reunion Association's historian, confirms that the gun barrels recovered from turret two on USS Arizona were repaired and installed in turret one of USS Nevada after Nevada returned from Normandy (6 June 1944)!

Arizona guns fought in WWII!

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Since this is "new" evidence...I wonder if any of the sailors serving aboard Nevada knew this beforehand?  Surely it would have SKYROCKETED morale!!!


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Can anyone tell me if it has always been known(about these gun barrels),or is this something that has only surfaced in recent years?Although my dad never talked much about the war,he was proud of the Nevada and talked about the ship itself.I never heard a mention of the use of the Arizona gun barrels.He must have known because he was on the Nevada through the intire war.It's something new I have learned(among many things) from this wonderful site.
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Hi Joan,
The info about the repair of guns from USS Arizona's turret 2 came from the research by Lorraine Marks-Haislip, historian for the USS Arizona Reunion Association. She followed a paper trail with the guns' serial numbers to the installation in turret one on USS Nevada.

Of course, she has a vested interest. Her first husband had completed his tour of duty on USS Arizona by the time of the attack...in turret #2.
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Hi Joan,
Realized I did not address your question...

Lorraine did this search about five years ago and printed it in the USS Arizona Reunion Association's AT 'EM ARIZONA publication.
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From DANFS

"... Her gun barrels were relined at New York, and she sailed for the Pacific, arriving off Iwo Jima 16 February 1945 to give marines invading and fighting ashore her massive gunfire support through 7 March.

On 24 March, Nevada massed off Okinawa with the mightiest naval force ever seen in the Pacific, as pre-invasion bombardment began. She pounded Japanese airfields shore defenses, supply dumps, and troop concentrations through the crucial operation, although 11 men were killed and a main battery turret damaged when she was struck by a suicide plane 27 March. Another 2 men were lost to fire from a shore battery 5 April. Serving off Okinawa until 30 June, from 10 July to 7 August she ranged with the 3rd Fleet which not only bombed the Japanese home islands, but came within range for Nevada's guns during the closing days of the war. "

It's possible that Arizona's guns were fired on the Japanese homeland before the war ended!

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Just something to add. I have this in my dad's service records.
Crossed The 18th Meridian.

Served on board the USS Nevada during the bombardment and occupation of the island of Iwo Jima, 16 February 1945 to 7 March 1945.

Participated in the operation against Okinawa Shima, 25 March 1945 to 14 April 1945.

Signed by H A Yeager, Commander, USN
I sure wish dad would have known about the guns from the Arizona!

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I don't remember what the source was, but in the early 90's (91 - 96) when I worked at the Arizona Memorial part of the history we talked about included that the guns from Arizona's #2 turret went to Nevada and thus later fired in the war.
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After I wrote my reply about Arizona's guns, I went back and looked at this thread.  Since there had been a "new" post I didnot notice that the original post and comment was by David Aiken, dated 2001, and that later he comment that the research had been done about 5 years before...   that puts it when I was working at the Memorial...  opps, now I remember where I must have gotten it from....
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Hi,

I spoke with my Dad about this.  He served on Nevada before PH (gunnery) and then requested a return to her after repairs were completed and the Navy put out word that the former crew could return to her.  He was reassigned as a radioman.  Imagine, he left the beautiful brand-new battleship Iowa (he's a "plank holder") to return to the Nevada, lol.  But, he claims that many former crewmates returned, as ship's pride was very strong in those days.

Back on topic.  He knew about the Arizona guns, way back then.  But, he had friends still in gunnery, so maybe it was known by them but wasn't widely known?  It's possible.

As far as that being a morale booster, Dad really didn't think so.  His shipmates from PH were angry, period.  Certainly the Arizona and her horrific losses were in everyone's minds but they were more angry at what was done to theirship.  "Remember The Arizona" wasn't really their battlecry.  And I think if you asked any Oklahoma survivors, they'd say the same thing.

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