The Attack on Pearl Harbor
On December 7, 1941, West Virginia was hit with two bombs and at least 7
torpedoes that blew gaping holes in her port side. If not for her
skillful crew, she would have capsized much like the
USS Oklahoma did. Instead, she sank
to the bottom of Pearl Harbor resting on an almost even keel allowing
most of her crew to be saved. However, West Virginia lost over
100 of her crew on that day, including her Commanding Officer, Mervyn S.
Bennion. After sinking, she continued to receive enemy fire.