Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Sollie, Walter Henry

I was only about 1/2 mile from Battleship Row during the time Oklahoma was under attack and sunk and I knew Henry was on watch or about to come off watch in one of Oklahoma's firerooms and torpedoes hit just below the waterlines in that area of the ship. This was a time of sadness for all of us.

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on the morning of 7 December 1941, Henry, a fireman on board the USS Oklahoma, had just finished the 4:00am to 8:00am watch and was below deck. His youngest brother, Fred Everett Sollie, was on the same watch on board the USS Schley (DD 103) and had just come up on deck when the attack came. The Oklahoma was anchored ca one-quarter mile from the Schley and was in view of Fred. He saw the Oklahoma receive 3 torpedoes broadside and turn over. Henry was still below deck. He went down with his ship and his body was never recovered.

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