Hillenkoetter, Roscoe H., VADM

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Vice Admiral
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183X-Special Duty Officer - Intelligence
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Line Officer
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1956-1957, Office of the Naval Inspector General (Naval IG)
Service Years
1919 - 1957
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St. Louis
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New York City

Date of Passing
Jun 18, 1982
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  1941-1941, USS West Virginia (BB-48)


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 USS West Virginia (BB-48) Details

USS West Virginia (BB-48)
Original photo pre-Pearl Harbor

The fourth and final ship of the 
Colorado Class Battleship, USS West Virginia (BB-48) was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding on April 12, 1920.  Construction moved forward and on November 19, 1921, it slid down the ways with Alice W. Mann, daughter of West Virginia coal magnate Isaac T. Mann, serving as sponsor.  After another two years of work, West Virginia was completed and entered commission on December 1, 1923, with Captain Thomas J. Senn in command. 

: Displacement 32,600 Tons, Dimensions, 624' (oa) x 97' 4" x 31' 4" (Max). Armament 8 x 16"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50AA 2 x 21" tt.Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3 1/2" + 1 1/2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,900 SHP; Turbines with Electric Drive, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 1080. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA, April 12, 1920.
Launched November 19, 1921. Commissioned December 1, 1923. Decommissioned January 9, 1947. Stricken March 1, 1959. Fate: Sold August 2, 1959 and broken up for scrap.

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Pearl Harbor:

On the morning of December 7, 1941, West Virginia was moored along Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row, outboard of USS Tennessee (BB-43), when the Japanese attacked and pulled the United States into World War II.  In a vulnerable position with its port side exposed, West Virginia sustained seven torpedo hits (six exploded) from Japanese aircraft.  Only rapid counter-flooding by the battleship's crew prevented it from capsizing.  The damage from the torpedoes was exacerbated by two armor-piercing bomb hits as well as a massive oil fire started following the explosion of USS Arizona(BB-39) which was moored aft.  Severely damaged, West Virginia sank upright with little more than its superstructure above the water.  In the course of that attack, the battleship's commander, Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, was mortally wounded.  He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his defense of the ship.  

USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Rebirth:

In the weeks after the attack, efforts to salvage West Virginia commenced.  After patching the massive holes in the hull, the battleship was refloated on May 17, 1942 and later moved to Drydock Number One.  As work commenced 66 bodies were found trapped in the hull.  Three located in a storeroom appear to have survived until at least December 23.

  After extensive repairs to the hull, West Virginia departed for Puget Sound Navy Yard on May 7, 1943.  Arriving, it underwent a modernization program that dramatically altered the battleship's appearance.  This saw the construction of a new superstructure which included trunking the two funnels into one, a greatly enhanced anti-aircraft armament, and elimination of the old cage masts.  In addition, the hull was widened to 114 feet which precluded it from passing through the Panama Canal. When complete, West Virginia looked more similar to the modernized Tennessee-class battleships than those from its own Colorado-class.

Rebuilt view 1944.


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USS West Virginia (BB-48)

Bennion, Mervyn Sharp, CAPT, (1910-1941) Captain
Duncan, George, CAPT, (1935-1968) Ensign
McClelland, Thomas, ENS, (1924-1941) Ensign
Parry, Paul, CPO, (1938-1945) Chief Petty Officer
Miller, Doris (Dorie), PO3, (1939-1943) Petty Officer Second Class
Allen, Woodrow Hugh, PO1, (1939-1943) Seaman 1st Class
Blackstock, William, PO1, (1939-1971) Seaman 1st Class
Durr, Clement, SN Seaman
Gonzales, Bibian, SN Seaman
Horton, William, SN Seaman
Johnson, Carl, SN Seaman
Kleist, Chester, SN Seaman
Lemire, Joseph, SN Seaman
Mann, Charles, SN Seaman
Nermoe, Earl, SN Seaman
Newton, Paul, SN Seaman
Owsley, Arnold, SN Seaman
Pitcher, Jack, SN Seaman
Schuon Jr., Richard, SN Seaman
Wagner, Thomas, SN Seaman
Zobeck, Lester, SN Seaman
Harris, Hugh, HN Hospitalman
Dye, Tommy, FN Fireman
Halvorsen, Harry, FN Fireman
Heavin, Hadley, FN, (1938-1941) Fireman
Hodges, Howard, FN Fireman
Hood, Joseph, FN Fireman
Knight Jr., Milton, FN Fireman
Luker, Royle, FN Fireman
Lynch, Donald, F1c, (1939-1941) Fireman
Olds, Clifford, FN Fireman
VanderGoore, Albert, FN Fireman
Walters, Bethel, FN Fireman
Downing, Eugene, SA Seaman Apprentice
Dunn Jr, George, SA Seaman Apprentice
Goodwin, Myron, SA Seaman Apprentice
Paciga, Walter, SA Seaman Apprentice
Paolucci, James, SA Seaman Apprentice
Drum, Donald, FA Fireman Apprentice
Edwards, Roland, FA Fireman Apprentice
Kubinec, William, FA Fireman Apprentice
Renner, Albert, FA Fireman Apprentice
Endicott, Ronald, FR Fireman Recruit
Hudson, Ira Duane, FR, (1940-1941) Fireman Recruit
Sahl, Glenn, FR Fireman Recruit
Bergner, Allen Alfred, RADM, (1940-1972) OFF 116X Ensign
Delano, Victor, CAPT, (1937-1969) OFF 000X Ensign
Rives, Gus, S1c, (1941-1945) AS Other Service Rank
Durkee, Edward, CPO MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
KRONBERGER, Sam, CWO2, (1907-1947) GM GF-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Tibbs, Ernie, CPO MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Sabbatini, Anthony J, CPO, (1939-1953) GM Chief Boatswain's Mate
Branham, George O'Hara, PO1, (1934-1941) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Foth, Jack, PO1, (1936-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hilt, Fred, PO1 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Kronberger, Robert Samuel, LCDR, (1935-1970) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lish, Eugene, PO1 MU MU-0000 Petty Officer First Class
O'Conner, Maurice, PO1 MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Pierce, Edward, CPO, (1922-1951) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class

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