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Sunday, August 5, 2012

THE "SHOWBOAT" USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55)

NICKNAMED THE "SHOWBOAT" THE PROUD AND VICTORIOUS 'NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55) SERVED ALL THROUGH WW II EARNING A TOTAL OF TWELVE BATTLE STARS.
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The third Naval ship to bear the name 'North Carolina (BB-55) was laid down 27 October 1937 by New York Shipyard.  At 35,000 tons displacement, she is "long and wide".  Launched 13 June 1940, she was commissioned at New York 9 April 1941.
First commissioned of the Navy's modern post-WW I battleship, North Carolina received so much attention during her fitting out and trials that this is how she gathered the nickname "Showboat."  North Carolina completed her shakedown in the Caribbean prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, and after intensive war exercises, entered the Pacific 10 June 1942.

HERE is her story.

Bud Shortridge

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