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Mortally wounded captain refuses to abandon ship

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    By mid-June 1942 workers had removed all of the port-side secondary guns and were cutting away sections of the superstructure to lighten the battleship.

From its captain on the bridge to three young sailors below deck, the USS West Virginia was engulfed in heroism and tragedy when six Japanese torpedoes crippled and sank the battleship, killing 106 of its men. Read more

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