USS North Carolina...She was the first newly constructed American battleship to enter service during World War II, and she took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of Operations to become the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II, accumulating 15 battle stars. The USS North Carolina is now a museum ship and memorial kept at the seaport of Wilmington, NC
USS Lexington (CV 16). PBY “Catalina” aircraft flying over a Task Force BB of the North Carolina class, as seen from USS Lexington (CV 16). Photograph released April 25, 1944. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.