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USS Texas (BB–35)

This photograph by Navy Department photographer Burnell Poole shows the USS Texas (BB–35) in drydock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, ca. 1918. Commissioned in 1914, two years later she became the first U.S. battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns and and 1919, she was the first U.S. battleship to launch an aircraft. A veteran of both world wars, the 573-foot-long battleship became a memorial on the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte, Texas. Credit: Photo by Burnell Poole, courtesy of the family of Burnell Poole.