Bieri, Bernhard Henry, VADM

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Vice Admiral
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1949-1951, United Nations Command (UNC)
Service Years
1911 - 1951
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Walnut Lake, MN
Last Address
Bethesda, MD

Date of Passing
Apr 10, 1971
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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 USS California (BB-44) Details

USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.

On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.

January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.

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USS California (BB-44)

Luosey, Michael, CAPT, (1933-1960) Lieutenant
Farley, John Joseph, PO2, (1939-1945) Fireman 1st Class
Calhoun, William L., ADM, (1906-1946) OFF 112X Captain
Cruzen, Richard Harold, VADM, (1915-1954) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Lofberg, Gus Brynolf, LCDR, (1927-1942) OFF 611X Lieutenant Commander
Wellings, Augustus Joseph, RADM, (1919-1954) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Cope, Alfred Lovell, CAPT, (1928-1960) OFF Lieutenant
Cope, Alfred Lovell, CAPT, (1928-1960) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
McCornock, Samuel Aldo, RDML, (1928-1959) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971) OFF 116X Ensign
Chandler, Charles Richardson, CAPT, (1939-1969) OFF 116X Ensign
McCormick, Montrose Graham, LCDR, (1935-1945) OFF Ensign
Luckenbach, Lovine, LCDR, (1928-1958) MU MU-3853 Chief Petty Officer
Thornton, Geroge, CPO, (1939-1969) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Adcock, Curtis, CPO, (1930-1942) SK SK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
REEVES, Thomas James, CPO, (1917-1941) RM RM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Blankenship, Henry Wilbur, PO1, (1928-1941) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Carpenter, Elmer Lemuel, PO1, (1932-1941) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Scott, Robert Raymond, PO1, (1938-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, Benjamin James, PO1, (1939-1945) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Butler, James Warren, PO2, (1938-1941) F2c F2c-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Presley, Lois Elmore, CPO, (1932-1943) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Delaney, Thomas Morris, CPO, (1937-1944) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Watt, Thomas Dean, PO1, (1939-1945) 00 Seaman Second Class
Bernhard, Leon Cornelius, CPO, (1938-1962) QM QM-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Brewer, Robert L., AS, (1938-1941) AS AS-0000 Apprentice Seaman

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