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12 March When the United States formally entered World War II inTexas escorted war convoys across the Atlantic and later shelled Axis -held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Pacific Theater late in to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Texas was decommissioned inhaving earned a total of five battle stars for service in World War II, and is now a museum ship near HoustonTexas. In addition to her combat service, Wilcox gay radio model a-36
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of CXAM production radar in the US Navy, [A 1]. Among the world's remaining battleships, Texas is notable for being the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, [A 2]  and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark. Mikasaa pre-dreadnought battleship ordered in by the Imperial Japanese Navy is older than Texas.