Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64
in the Homeport of Naval History
During World War II, the second battleship Wisconsin (BB-64) was commissioned under the command of U.S. Navy Captain Earl E. Stone. Born in the “Badger State” of Wisconsin, Stone earlier served as a Naval Academy Midshipman aboard the first battleship Wisconsin (BB-9). Surviving the Imperial Japanese Strikes at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Stone had a key role in organizing the war-winning communications intelligence efforts of the U.S. Navy. For a job well done, he received the highly coveted appointment
Sailing into the embattled waters of the Pacific, the crew of the second battleship Wisconsin earned five battle stars during World War II. Home-ported at Pier 7 on Norfolk Naval Base, the second Wisconsin earned another battle star in the Korean War and, similar to the first Wisconsin (BB-9), server primarily as a Midshipman training ship during the Cold War. During the Persian Gulf War, the crew of Wisconsin (BB-64) coordinated the first Tomahawk missle strikes against Iraq.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.862′ N, 76° 17.654′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Waterside Drive and Boush Street. Touch for map. This marker sits on the dock that houses the Battleship Wisconsin. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress (here, next to this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk (here, next to this marker); Surveying the Land & Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (about 300 feet away); The Cedar (about 300 feet away); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (about 300 feet away); USS Newport News CA-148 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
Categories. • Military •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,272 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on September 2, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.