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.

A tragic reminder of that is this memorable object.It's a registration mail hand stamp recovered from the battleship USS Oklahoma.

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

The next day being Sunday, the ship's mail clerks weren't on hand to change the date to December 7th, 1941.

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