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Official Navy photo postcard of the U.S.S. West Virginia at sea.
Postcard of the U.S.S. West Virginia at sea outside of a city. The photograph was taken before 1941.
Postcard of the U.S.S. West Virginia going under the Brooklyn Bridge.
The U.S.S. West Virginia and USS Oklahoma at sea.  Text on back reads 'Official U.S. Navy photographs from C941635...Watch your credit...international news photos slug West Virginia-Oklahoma' U.S. Battleships bombed by Japs.  Washington, D.C...Two U.S. Warships, the Battleships West Virginia 'Top' and Oklahoma 'Bottom', were reported damaged or sunk in the Japanese bombing attack on the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Naval Base. G-12-7-41-9/30PM.
U.S.S. West Virginia leaving dry docks with a crowd of onlookers.
Picture of the Mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia pictured in front of Elizabeth Moore Hall at Friday noon, March 17, 1961.
Picture of the guns of the U.S.S. West Virginia 'BB-48'. Credit Line, Navy Department, photo no. 80-G-3 39585.
Picture of crew rescuing men of the U.S.S. West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Credit Line Navy Department 80-G-19930.
The U.S.S. West Virginia floats out into Hampton Roads after being launched at the Newport News shipyard. Afterwards she was outfitted and commissioned in 1923.
Men and women dining in celebration of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Taken at Hampton Roads Va. Photo of the U.S.S. West Virginia taken after launching.  Credit Line: Navy Department photo no. 80-CF-2058-2 in National Archives.
The U.S.S. West Virginia next to another much smaller boat. Stamped on back: Official photograph. Not to be used for publication by order of the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics.
U.S.S. West Virginia docked.
A crowd disperses after the launching of the battleship.
A group of men salute the American flag at a ceremony honoring World War II veterans and the U.S.S. West Virginia battleship.
Barron touches the U.S.S. West Virginia mass. The capitol building stands in the background.
The U.S.S. West Virginia at sea moments after her launch in November 1921, surrounded by support craft. The battleship, nicknamed the "Wee Vee", was commissioned in December 1, 1923.
Mast of U.S.S. West Virginia being loaded at Todd Shipyards in Seattle, Washington for shipment to Morgantown in February 1961.
The christening of the U.S.S. West Virginia by Alice Wright Mann, daughter of a prominent West Virginian.
Students and others gather around the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia, one of the ships sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Identified student, bottom left corner is Thomas V. Kreitzer.
The U.S.S. West Virginia out at sea, moments after launching from the dry dock.
The mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia being loaded at Todd Shipyards in Seattle, Washington. The mast was shipped to Morgantown, W. Va. in February 1961.
The mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia being loaded at Todd Shipyards in Seattle, Washington. The mast was shipped to Morgantown, West Virginia in February 1961.
Mann is pictured with a bouquet of roses in front of the ship.
View of the bow of the U.S.S. West Virginia as its parts are scrapped at Todd Shipyards, Seattle, Washington.
A photographer captures the moment when Governor Barron touches the U.S.S. West Virginia mast outside of the capitol building.
Bird's-eye view of the U.S.S. West Virginia moving in a harbor.
The U.S.S. West Virginia is pictured in a dry dock moments before its launch.
Postcard with a side view of the first U.S.S. West Virginia at sea.
Group portrait of Governor Ephraim Morgan, Alice Wright Mann and others ladies holding bouquets before the christening of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Portrait of Alice Wright Mann holding a bouquet and a bottle before the christening of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Portrait of Alice Wright Mann holding a bouquet and a bottle prior to the christening of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Group portrait of Governor Ephraim Franklin Morgan, Alice Wright Mann, and others at the christening of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
The mast is erected at Memorial Plaza, which is located directly in front of Oglebay Hall.
The mast arrived on campus in 1961 and dedicated in 1963.
Woodburn Circle is pictured in the background. The mast is erected in Memorial Plaza, which is located directly in front of Oglebay Hall.
Military officers listen as Joseph Gluck speaks at dedication of the bell from the 'West Virginia' outside Oglebay Hall. In the background is Woodburn Hall.
"Mast of the battleship 'West Virginia', 1923-46.  A tribute to her gallant crew and to all West Virginians who have served our country in the armed forces, May 11, 1963."
A group of young boys climb onto the mast before the dedication ceremony.
A view of Memorial Plaza after the completion of the memorial. Woodburn Circle is pictured in background.
A view of completed Memorial Plaza with Oglebay Hall in background.
A view of Memorial Plaza looking down south on University Avenue.  Mast belongs to battleship West Virginia which was sunk at Pearl Harbor.
A wreath is placed by the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia in Memorial Plaza. Martin hall is pictured in the background on the right. Elizabeth Moore Hall can be seen in the background on the left.
Shown here are two wreaths placed at the bottom of Mast in Memorial Plaza.  One wreath has 'A Tribute to President Kennedy from Foreign Students WVU'.
A man places a wreath beside the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia.
The mast lays in a field before it is erected at West Virginia University's Memorial Plaza, which is located directly in front of Oglebay Hall.
A group of men and women are gathered on the plaza during the dedication celebration.
Lugar and Harlow stand behind a podium as they address the crowd at the dedication ceremony.
The bell from the armored cruiser and battleship U.S.S. West Virginia, which was dedicated in a ceremony.
'Rev. Joe Gluck speaks at Dec. 7, 1967 dedication ceremonies for the bell from the armored cruiser 'U.S.S. West Virginia.'  Two other main speakers are shown seated in the first row: WVU President James B. Harlow (second from left) and Naval Reserve Captain Marlyn E. Lugar (third from left).
'Dec. 7, 1967 ceremony dedicating the mast of armored cruiser 'U.S.S. West Virginia.'
WVU President James G. Harlow speaks at dedication ceremony of the bell from the armored cruiser and battleship U.S.S. West Virginia. Oglebay Hall is pictured in the background.
West Virginia University President James G. Harlow (left) and Naval Reserve Captain Marlyn E. Lugar are shown at dedication ceremonies for the bell from the armored cruiser and battleship U.S.S. West Virginia. In the background is Woodburn Hall and Chitwood Hall.
With assistance from members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, Joe Gluck helps unpack the bell of battle cruiser West Virginia:  Doug Ritchey (left); John Liston (right); Dan Blosser (third from left).
Three unidentified students observe the U.S.S. West Virginia mast.
Standing outside Oglebay Hall.
The battleship out at sea.
An aerial oblique view of U.S.S.  West Virginia in East River, with New York City in background.
An aerial view of U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48), broad on beam.
An aerial view of U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48), board on beam.
A group of men in swimsuits and holding oars pose together for a group photo.
Alice Wright-Mann, of Mercer County, is pictured with a large bouquet of flowers and what appears to be a bottle of champagne.Ms. Wright-Mann sponsored the battleship which was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Newport News, Va. Wright-Mann was the daughter of a millionaire coalmine operator, Isaac T. Mann.
Miss Alice Wright-Mann, third from left holding a large bouquet and bottle, poses with a group on the battleship. The rest of the subjects are unidentified.Alice Wright-Mann, of Mercer County, sponsored the battleship which was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Newport News, Va. Wright-Mann was the daughter of a millionaire coalmine operator, Isaac T. Mann.
Steam billows from the ship's steam towers. An American flag hangs from a mast in the rear.
A swarm of sailors are pictured on the ship deck.
The battleship sails through unknown waters. The photograph was taken before America was in World War II.
Men inspect the damage after the infamous Japanese attack. The "Wee Vee" as the ship was affectionately referred to, was raised from the bottom of Pearl Harbor where she was moored during the attack and towed to dry dock for repairs.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Another battleship is visible in the background.
On the photo is a message reading, "All my love, Bill." Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia. William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
A man likely named Al is pictured on the ship. Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Two sailors pose together for a photo. The man on the right is likely named Al. Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
The two men in the photo are sitting on top of or near one of the gun turrets on the ship.  Photos are from an album belonging to a crew member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Wright, left, is pictured with an unidentified woman on his lap. Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
The photo was taken from the deck of the U.S.S. West Virginia. Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Photos are from an album belonging to a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia.  William Wright, Radio Technician 2C, was on the ship from 1944-45 and saw action at Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
McIlwain was part of the 7th Division Marine Detachment and a crew member on the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Photograph of the ship taken from the U.S.S. West Virginia.
Two unidentified admirals are pictured in their dress uniforms.
Each link in the anchor chain weighs 100 lbs. and is one foot long. The chain falls through the hawse pipes.
The bay is seen in the distance.
A crew works on the battleship in the dock area.
Crew members walk around the deck while the ship is at sea.
Crew members surround the battleship as its anchored near the dock.
Ladders surround the battleship.
A sailor walks along the deck while the ship passes the bridge.
Kneeling in the front row, from left to right, is PFC Meihold; Private Grewohl; PFC Dunning; and Private Hayes.Standing in the back, from left to right, is Corporal Pop Winn Coxswain; PFC Rottier; Private Hill; CPL Marquez; Private Davis; Private McIntyre; PFC Shumacher; and 1st Lieutenant Davis.
Looking at the bridge from the deck of the battleship.
Sailors idle beneath the ship's gun barrel while passing the bridge.
View from the battleship's deck during the voyage.