USS Oklahoma Handstamp

This registration handstamp was one of six post-marking devices recovered from the U.S.S. Oklahoma. It is dated “Dec. 6 1941” the last day it was used. The Oklahoma was struck by a series of bomb and torpedo blasts during the raid on Pearl Harbor and ultimately capsized.

 

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Narrator: Personal mail can be the high point of a soldier or sailor's day.

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A tragic reminder of that is this memorable object.

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It's a registration mail hand stamp

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recovered from the battleship USS Oklahoma.

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What makes it memorable is the date December 6th, 1941.

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The next day being Sunday, the ship's mail clerks weren't on hand

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to change the date to December 7th, 1941.

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That day, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and sank the Oklahoma.