NJFSC Chapter #44S..........PHS Affiliate #1A..........APS Affiliate #95
February 2016 Featured Cover
February 2016 Issue of the NJPH Journal THE FIRST U.S. WARSHIP SUNK ON 7 DECEMBER 1941:
NEW JERSEY-BUILT BATTLESHIP, USS OKLAHOMA (BB 37)1
By: Captain Lawrence B. Brennan, U.S. Navy (Retired). Member, NJPHS
USS Oklahoma (BB 37) was built by New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey.
She was the first U.S. warship sunk in the Pacific during World War II and was violently destroyed
with massive loss of life. She was struck on the port side by as many as nine aircraft-launched
torpedoes, and capsized within 12 minutes. The battleship sank at Pearl Harbor on the morning of
Sunday, 7 December 1941, with the loss of 429 officers and men; suffering the second greatest
number of casualties that morning. Together with USS Arizona (BB 39) more than 60% of the
fatalities that morning were suffered by these two ships on Battleship Row. Read the complete article and more in our Galleries..
The Webmasters Spin, or a Glimpse of our Garden State.
The history of "The Jerseys" is a fascinating chronology of the people that inhabit a diverse landscape, whose geology runs from the Appalachian Valley and Kittatinny Ridge in the mountainous north-west corner of the state to the sandy peninsular Cape May in the south-east; from the Palisades in the north and Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay in the north-east through the Great Pine Barrens to the river forests and lowlands along the Delaware River and Bay in the south.
Since colonial times, the state was key to communications and commerce between two of the largest cities in British North America, Philadelphia and New York City.
During the Revolutionary War and after independence was won, Americans set about to galvanize a new nation. East and West Jersey joined to form the third state ratifying the new constitution. New Jersey remained the crossroads of communications and commerce between the nation's first capital, Philadelphia and it's second capital, New York City. People poured into the state. Towns became cities. Indian trails became highways. Mail delivered by post riders became mail delivered by rail - even dirigible.
Now mail has become email, and collectors like myself wax nostalgic for bits and pieces of the old days. The days when your mailman stopped for an ice tea and and neighborhood gossip. Alas, long gone. Another chapter in the book of our collective lives. BUT, towns long turned to dust, roads long vanished from the maps, and the people that lived where we live now all beckon the philatelist and contemporary postal history collector. Learning from the items of yesteryear, as well as from fellow enthusiasts - that's the New Jersey Postal History Society. Join us and share your stories and research, your oral histories, your collecting interests. This is the website we want to create - with your help!