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USS IDAHO

(BB-42)

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BB-42 USS IDAHO

The United States Navy brought USS Idaho into service with her commission in March of 1919. After a brief voyage to Brazil, she reported for duty in the Pacific later that year. She was part of efforts during the next decade to develop and maintain battle readiness in the Pacific fleet. She made notable voyages to Alaskan waters in 1920 and to Australia and New Zealand in 1925. In 1931, she entered dry dock for a major three-year modernization project. USS Idaho reported to the Pacific in 1935 to continue maneuvers. In June 1941, with the Second World War raging in Europe, the Navy sent her to the Atlantic to guard ship convoys of supplies.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Navy ordered the ship to sail for the Pacific. As the Navy prepared other ships for service, the USS Idaho patrolled the waters along the West Coast and Hawaii. Her first combat action took her north to the Aleutians. She helped with the landings at Attu and Kiska in the summer of 1943. For the rest of the war, USS Idaho participated in many historical invasions throughout the Pacific Theater. This included Makin, Kwajalein, New Ireland, the Marianas, the Palaus, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the end of the war, the Navy decommissioned her in July 1946 and sold her for scrap in November 1947.

BB-42 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1915 Keel Date: 5 APR 1915
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation
JUN 1917 Launch Date: 30 JUN 1917
MAR 1919 Commissioned: 24 MAR 1919
DEC 1941 - JAN 1942 Iceland - Norfolk - Panama Canal - San Francisco
SEP 1945 - Shellback Initiation - 2 SEP 1945 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1946 Decommissioned: 3 JUL 1946

BB-42 General Specifications

Class: New Mexico-class battleship

Named for: The State of Idaho

Complement: 1081 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 32000 tons

Length: 624 feet

Beam: 97.4 feet

Flank Speed: 21 kn

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap