"Battleship Idaho" was the second ship named in
honor of the US State. Launched in 1908, the ship was
decommissioned in 1914 and sold to Greece and renamed the Limnos and
later sunk by German bombers in 1941.
The football team made it through the 2nd Squadron
teams and met the Battleship Connecticut for the US Navy Championship
finally outlasting the team from the Nebraska after three games in 2
weeks to determine winner. Two previous games ended in scoreless
ties. Tied once again at 6-6 Davis finally made the play that
nailed the honors for the Idaho, fittingly in the final period of play.
The U.S.S. Idaho BB-42 was commissioned on March
24th 1919. Shakedown training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in
April 1919, passed through the Panama Canal joining the Pacific Fleet in
California in September and returned to California from Alaska in July
Idaho arrived in Pearl Harbor on July 1st 1940. She
departed for Hampton Roads Virginia on June 6th 1941 to join the
Atlantic Fleet protecting bases in Iceland. Rejoined the Pacific
Fleet in January 1942.
After seeing action in the Pacific the Idaho sailed
into Tokyo Bay and was anchored there during the surrender signing
aboard the Missouri on Sept 2, 1945. She was decommissioned on the
east coast July 3, 1946.
Coach Cutter was an All-American
at the Naval Academy and elected into the College Football Hall of Fame
Ken Overlin was a Quarterback