The U.S.S. Oklahoma was on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That was the morning the Japanese Empire attacked the United States by surprise. The Japanese used dive-bombers, fighter-bombers, and torpedo planes to sink nine ships, including five battleships, and severely damage twenty-one ships. There were 2,402 US deaths from the attack. Of those deaths, 1,177 were from the USS Arizona, and 429 were from the U.S.S. Oklahoma. The crew of the U.S.S. Oklahoma did everything they could to fight back. In the first ten minutes of the battle eight torpedoes hit the Oklahoma and it began to sink. A ninth torpedo hit the battleship as it sank in the mud.
By early 1942, it was determined that Oklahoma could be salvaged. Even though it was cost-prohibitive to do so, the job of salvaging Oklahoma commenced on 15 July 1942 and ended by November 1943. On 28 December, Oklahoma was towed into drydock No. 2, at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard but because of her age and heavy damages the USS Oklahoma was decommissioned on 1 September 1944.
Black crackle Zippo with original factory engraving of the ships name and the date 12–28–43.