Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
USS Wisconsin: Battleship History

Battleships of the United States

Battleship Photo Archive: USS Wisconsin


Read More About It

"The USS Wisconsin: A History of Two Battleships" by Richard Zeitlin

"USS Wisconsin the Last Battleship (videorecording)


Vocabulary:

commissioned
mothballs
modernized


Interesting Fact:

In 1956, the Wisconsin was damaged when it collided with the USS Eaton, resulting in a large, gapping hole in the battleship's bow. It was repaired when the bow of the partially completed USS Kentucky was grafted onto the Wisconsin.


Study Questions:

  • Why are battleships named after states?
  • Why do you think no other battleship was made after 1944?
  • Where is the Wisconsin located today?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the USS Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 14:

    1799: George Washington dies.



  • December 14

    Historical Highlight

    Wisconsin's largest war hero, the USS "Wisconsin" battleship, earned its first battle star on this date in 1944 while fighting in the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. The "Wisconsin" was commissioned in Philadelphia the previous April and departed for the war zone in the Pacific. It took part in raids against Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan. The mighty battleship was decommissioned in 1948 but brought back to active duty for the Korean War. It was once again decommissioned in 1958 and put into mothballs at the Philadelphia Naval Yards. In 1987, the "Wisconsin" was modernized and in 1988 the battleship was recommissioned. It took part in the Persian Gulf War in 1991, but later in the year, it was decommissioned once again and moved to the naval yard in Philadelphia. The "Wisconsin" was the last battleship ever made. It is now a floating museum in Norfolk, Virginia.


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