How many died on the USS Utah?

This is a good question, because different sources report different numbers. It seems that there is confusion about how many died on the USS Utah. Some say that 58 enlisted men and 6 officers died on the Utah. Other sources say the total number of those killed, enlisted men and officers combined, was 58.

The correct answer is 58 men died on the Utah. That number includes officers. Four of the 58 men were buried on land, but 54 of them are still entombed inside the ship.

Some people say that an infant is also entombed inside the ship, and that’s true. However, baby Lynn Wagner was not killed on December 7th, 1941. She had died two days after birth, and her father brought her ashes on board with the hope to spread them at sea. When the ship went down, the ashes stayed.


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