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Salvage of the USS Oklahoma

USS OklahomaIn response to the Imperial Japanese Navy’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is storied to have stated that “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.” Regardless of whether the admiral actual spoke or wrote these words, an industrial sleeping giant was indeed awoken as the American military machine began constructing weapons of war at an unprecedented pace.

New production only tells one side of the sleeping giant awoken by the attack on Pearl Harbor, however. A unique aspect of the American war effort was ability to repair damaged equipment and return the refurbished weapons to the battlefield. Even though it never again sailed as a warship, the USS Oklahoma illustrates the impressive recovery efforts that characterized the United States’ involvement in World War Two.

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