Charles J Lundgren (New York, Connecticut, 1911 - 1988) "U.S.S. Oklahoma" Signed lower right. Original Oil painting on Masonite.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the U.S.S. Oklahoma.
One of the first U.S. battleships fitted with maximum protection armor, the U.S.S. Oklahoma was commissioned on 2 May 1916 with Captain Roger Welles in command. She joined the Atlantic Fleet and trained on the eastern seaboard until 13 August 1918, when she sailed with her sister ship U.S.S. Nevada to protect Allied convoys in European waters during World War I. In December 1918, she was part of the escort for President Wilson as he arrived in France. U.S.S. Oklahoma continued serving with the Atlantic Fleet until 1921. She then joined the Pacific Fleet for six years, highlighted by the cruise of the Battle Fleet to Australia and New Zealand in 1925. U.S.S. Oklahoma joined the Scouting Fleet in early 1927. She was modernized in September 1927 and returned to the Pacific in 1930. She continued fleet exercises through the spring of 1936. U.S.S. Oklahoma rejoined her sister ship at Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1940. She was moored along Battleship Row on the morning of 7 December 1941 as the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S.S. Oklahoma took three torpedoes almost immediately and began to capsize, two more torpedoes struck her, and her men were mercilessly strafed as they abandoned ship. She was later salvaged but never again saw combat action.
Image Size: 13.5 x 15.75 in.
Overall Size: 20.5 x 21.75 in.
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