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Pearl Harbor “Battleship Row” Shirt

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Our original design honors the servicemen who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and commemorates the lives lost at Pearl Harbor.

On the front, the American flag that was flying on the U.S.S. St. Louis at the time of the attack, along with the date, December 7, 1941 printed on the left chest. And on the back, the battleships that made up “Battleship Row” and that were damaged or destroyed. (The Pennsylvania was in dry dock at the time.) Read more about these battleships below, including why the Utah wasn't included.

The shirt:

  • 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt in Navy — Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 4.4 oz.  S - 4X. See size chart.

This design is also available in a women's v-neck shirtcrewneck sweatshirtstickerand a magnet.

We have another design honoring the servicemen at Pearl Harbor with “History Nerd” with WWII sailor on the front and a historic flag on the back. Available in a crewneck t-shirt, women's v-neck shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, and sticker.

Browse through other WWII themed products in this collection

Our thanks to Martin Quinn for his extensive help in ensuring that the ships are depicted as they were on December 7 as opposed to how they looked after they were repaired.

December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy"

On the morning of December 7, 1941, a radio operator on Oahu saw a large group of planes  headed toward the islands. Officials believed the sighting to be a group of U.S. B-17 bombers that were scheduled to arrive. At 7:55 am, the Japanese began their attack on Pearl Harbor. A total of 353 Japanese aircraft, two heavy cruisers, 35 submarines, two light cruisers, nine oilers, two battleships, and 11 destroyers were involved. The attack, which took place in two waves, lasted one hour and 15 minutes.

The United States lost 2,403 U.S. personnel and 68 civilians and 19 U.S. Navy ships were destroyed or damaged.

These were the battleships that were damaged or destroyed: 

  • USS Arizona (BB-39): Her hull was breached, causing her to sink and trapping 1,177 men inside. Today, the USS Arizona remains in the spot where she sank, and a memorial is located over it.
  • USS Oklahoma (BB-37): Capsized after nine torpedos struck her. Four hundred twenty nine men lost their lives. The USS Oklahoma was righted and salvaged, too damaged to return to duty.
  • USS West Virginia (BB-48): Hit by nine torpedos, but returned to duty and served in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns.
  • USS California (BB-44): Moored during Pearl Harbor, moderately damage and returning to duty. She served in the Mariana, Palau Island, Philippines, and Okinawa campaigns.
  • USS Nevada (BB-36): The oldest ship at Pearl Harbor and the only battleship able to get underway during the attack. The decision was made to beach her so that if she was hit, she wouldn't sink so far recovery would have been difficult or impossible. She was hit, repaired, and returned to duty to served in both the Atlantic (Normandy and Southern France) and Pacific (Iwo Jima and Okinawa) campaigns.
  • USS Maryland (BB-46): Received the least amount of damage and was active in helping sailors who jumped from the USS Oklahoma. She served in the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Marianas Islands, and Okinawa campaigns.
  • USS Pennsylvania (BB-38): In dry dock during the attacks and received minimal damage. She returned to duty and supported the Marshall Islands, Mariana, Palau Islands, Philippines campaigns.
  • USS Tennessee (BB-43): Received moderate damage and returned to duty in the Gilbert, Marshall Islands, Battle of Tarawa, Philippines campaigns.

Why the Utah wasn't included with the other battleships on the shirt

The USS Utah was a pre-WWI battleship that was demilitarized in 1931 under the London Naval Treaty, which limited the naval forces nations could have. The primary and secondary guns were removed and replaced with anti-aircraft guns, and the USS Utah was recommissioned as a radio-controlled target ship under the classification code AG-16.

At the time of the attack at Pearl Harbor, the USS Utah was located near Ford Island. the leader of the first wave of attacking aircraft at Pearl Harbor, Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, ordered that the Utah not be attacked, but it was mistaken for another ship and was hit with two torpedos. The ship sunk and 58 crew members were lost.

You'll find more information on the Utah here.

About the flag

This flag was flying on the U.S.S. St. Louis (CL-49), eighth of nine Brooklyn-class light cruisers, at the time of the attack Pearl Harbor. It was later flown on the U.S.S. Iowa in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony.

Here's the description from Wikipedia of the St. Louis during the attack on Pearl Harbor:

“. . . was moored to the pier in Southeast Lock at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At 7:56, Japanese planes were sighted by observers on board St. Louis. Within minutes, the ship was at general quarters, and her operable anti-aircraft guns were manned and firing on the attackers. By 8:06, preparations for getting underway had begun. At about 8:20, one of the cruiser's gun crews shot down its first Japanese plane. By 9:00, two more Japanese aircraft had joined the first. At 9:31, St. Louis moved away from the pier and headed for South Channel and the open sea. 15 minutes later, her 6 in (150 mm) guns, whose power leads had been disconnected, were in full operating order.

As the cruiser moved into the channel entrance, she became the target of a midget submarine. The Japanese torpedoes, however, exploded on striking a shoal less than 200 yd (180 m) from the ship. Destroyers then pounded the bottom with depth charges and St. Louis continued out to sea where she joined Detroit and Phoenix, both of which also left Pearl Harbor during the attack, and a few destroyers in the search for the Japanese fleet. After failing to locate the Japanese strike force, the hunters returned to Pearl Harbor on 10 December. St. Louis turned to escorting transports carrying casualties to San Francisco and troops to Hawaii.

For her success during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the ship was given the nickname 'Lucky Lou.’"

For additional information 

 — Larisa, Regional Editor



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      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. We strong recommend selected UPS (below), especially during November and December.

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        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $4.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $7.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

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    UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day.  See the UPS site for details.
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      • $14.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

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      All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.


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      Customer Reviews

      Based on 37 reviews
      Very Nice Shirt

      Ordered the "Battleship Row" t-shirt for my husband. His father was aboard the Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is a very nice shirt, very nice quality, and he absolutely loved it. Thank you for your excellent product and wonderful customer service.

      Mike M.

      Excellent shirt shipping was fast and easy and I got updates on the progress. Wish all companies were run this way !!!

      Amber C.
      Battleship Shirt

      The shirt was bought as a gift for our son. He is a battleship history buff and builds models of battleships. He received the gift and started bragging to his friends by sending them a picture of the shirt. I would recommend this shirt if you have a history buff in your family.

      Dolly R.

      Got this for my son who is a history buff. He has studied Pearl Harbor intensively and absolutely loves this shirt!!!

      Kim M.

      Shirt is great quality
      Order received in a timely manner

      George V.
      Pearl Harbor visit coming up this spring

      It shipped quickly. Was nice quality. Grandson loved it.

      Patrick J.C.
      Great service!

      Excellent service! Thank you

      Drew B.
      Great shirt

      I bought a 4x size and it fits great. Good quality also. Defiantly recommend this site.

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