Happy birthday: USS Battleship North Carolina turns 75

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — USS Battleship North Carolina had its 75th birthday on Saturday, seven and a half decades after being commissioned on April 9, 1941.

The battleship was the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleships and the fourth warship in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the Tar Heel state.

She was the first newly constructed American battleship to enter service during World War II, and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of Operations; her 15 battle stars[4] made her the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II.

She is now a museum ship and has a memorial kept at the seaport of Wilmington, N.C.