The USS Oklahoma was one of the two American battleships which was never restored to service after being sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor. (The other of course being the Arizona.) Capsized by several torpedo hits and accompanying flooding, she was eventually righted and drydocked for possible repair, but the Navy determined that given the extent of the damage and the ship's age, she should be written off instead. The vessel was stripped, and the hull was eventually lost at sea while being towed back to the West Coast for scrapping. However, I have a book, Collier's Pictorial History of World War 2, originally published in 1946, which includes a statement that the US Navy announced in February of 1944 that the Oklahoma had been restored to fleet duty. It is of course possible that the author simply got his facts wrong, but I'm wondering if the Navy did, in fact, issue a false news release claiming the Oklahoma had been repaired and was back in the fight -- perhaps as a bit of a morale-booster to the folks back home, to give them the impression that only the Arizona had been a total loss from the attack on Pearl. And at the time of the book's publication, word might not yet have gotten out to the general public about the ship's actual fate, hence the inclusion of this incorrect report. However, I've been unable to confirm from any other source that the Navy did actually make such a claim in 1944. Does anyone out there have any knowledge about this?