Colorado was being overhauled at
Puget Sound Navy Yard at the time
of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Her
first deployments in the Pacific
War were to carry out shore
bombardment and provide cover for
troop landings at Tarawa, Marshal
Islands, Kwatalein, Eniwetog,
Saipan and Guam.
Colorado took 22 hits
from shore defenses during the
following landings at Tinian. Even
after sustaining heavy damage, her
crew continued to provide cover for
the troops throughout the
After repairs, she returned to
support landings at Leyte Gulf,
Minerdo, Okinawa and Japan.
This class of battleship had
become obsolete by the end of the
war, as many larger battleships
were built during the war.
Colorado was decommissioned
January 7th 1947 and scrapped at
Seattle/Washington in 1959.
Maryland was decommissioned
April 3rd 1947 and scrapped at
Oakland/California in 1959. West
Virginia was decommissioned
January 9th 1947 and scrapped at
New York in 1959.