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USS Oklahoma was a Nevada-class battleship laid down on October 26, 1912 and launched two years later on March 23, 1914 with the hull number BB-37. The ship received the name of Oklahoma, the 46th state of America, it was commissioned on May 2, 1916 and carried a complement of 864 men as built, and 1,398 men in the end. Due to its construction period, the vessel was able to participate both in the World War I and in World War II. During the World War I, the ship served as a member of Battleship Division 6. When the war ended, the ship served in the United States Battle and Scouting Fleet. During the World War II, the ship took part in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. The incident led to the ship’s sinking and the death of 429 men. On September 1, 1944 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 28 years. For the services brought to the USA during the two world wars, the ship received 1 battle star.