History of US Battleships from WWII to the Gulf War and a tour of the Battleship Wisconsin

Talk With History

Jan 22 2024 • 39 mins

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In this podcast, hosts Scott and Jenn discuss the naval history of the battleship USS Wisconsin, widely known as 'The Big WhisKey.' The ship, with a wooden deck and steel hull, was created during World War II and saw action in the Pacific. Involved in the battle of Iwo Jima, it played a vital role in shooting down kamikaze aircraft. After the war, it was used as a training ship before being decommissioned. It saw service again during the Korean War and the Gulf War and was finally made into a museum ship in Norfolk. The podcast also covers the incredible story of the ship's collision in 1956, its remarkable repair within 16 days, and its unique connection with the unfinished Kentucky.

00:00 Introduction and Welcome

02:03 Imagining the USS Wisconsin

04:03 The Battleship Wisconsin

04:28 Behind the Scenes of the YouTube Channel

05:19 History of the Battleships

07:11 The Wisconsin's Role in World War II

10:47 The Wisconsin's Role during WWII

13:02 Decommission and Recommission of the Wisconsin

18:04 The Wisconsin Battleship Operations Manager

21:29 Modernization of the Battleships

23:23 Post-Korean War Activities and the Collision with the Eaton

24:18 Why it is called the WisKy...

26:08 The Ship's Role in the Invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War

28:39 An Early Days of Drone Usage Story

32:06 The Ship as a Museum and Its Legacy

35:20 Touring the ship if you cannot climb ladders - a service to Veterans

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