Saving The Ship
9/1945 ~ 6/27/1947
On September 5, 1945 the North Carolina finally anchored in Tokyo
Bay to pick up a group of about 100 men who had been transferred from her August 20th, to
help with the initial occupation at the Yokosuka Naval Base, near Tokyo.
On September 6, the ship headed for home via Okinawa (to take on
passengers), Hawaii and the Panama Canal. On October 17, the ship arrived in Boston harbor
for a hero's welcome.
Due to post-war disarmament, the battleship's remaining active
service was short. In the summer of 1946 she twice visited the Naval Academy at Annapolis
to embark midshipmen for training cruises in the Caribbean. In October of that year she
returned to the place of her birth, the New York Navy Yard for inactivation. She was
decommissioned June 27, 1947, and placed in the "mothballed" Reserve Fleet at
Bayonne, New Jersey, where she remained in obscurity for the next 14 years.