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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Anchor from U.S.S. Oklahoma

Biggest surviving piece of the old battlewagon, which was sunk in only 11 minutes at Pearl Harbor.

1320 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK
North edge of downtown. On the east side of N. Broadway Ave. between NW 12th and NW 13th Sts.
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Anchor from U.S.S. Oklahoma

The anchor from the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) is now permanently on display at Campbell Park, a small patch of land at 13th Street and N. Broadway Ave, just North of Downtown Oklahoma City. It can be easily seen from Broadway Ave. It's only blocks from the Murrah building memorial.

On December 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was attacked at Pearl Harbor. In 11 minutes, it rolled over, trapping many people inside before it sank. In all, 429 sailors and Marines were killed. The ship was refloated in 1943, but sank somewhere in the Pacific as it was being towed. The 10-ton anchor was recovered and for years was mounted on a pedestal outside the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. It was "temporarily" moved in 2005 while the hotel underwent renovations, but it was later decided to make the new location permanent.

A ceremony was held on Dec 7, 2005 and will likely be repeated every year. There's no admission and usually free parking nearby.

[Chris Maloney, 06/20/2006]

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