Jun 24

Battleship Oklahoma Sailor Meets Piece of USS Oklahoma (BB-37) As it Arrives in Oklahoma

Thursday, June 24, 2010 5:00 AM

Bryan Dean of The Oklahoman writes on 22 June 2010,

“The last time Ed Vezey saw the mast of the USS Oklahoma, he was sliding off the listing battleship’s deck into the oily waters of Pearl Harbor. Monday, Vezey stood on the tarmac at Tinker Air Force Base as an 11-ton piece of the mast was unloaded from a C-17 cargo plane. The 45-foot long section of the ship will be taken by truck to Muskogee later this week where it will become part of that city’s War Memorial Park and Museum. Vezey, 90, moved to Moore in December from Colorado and made the trip Monday to see the piece arrive at Tinker Air Force Base.”

Photographed circa 1940, with SOC seaplanes on her catapults.

For addition photos of the Battleship Oklahoma, click here. Oklahoma’s DANFS entry can be viewed here.