My favorite is USS West Virginia. Other than her experience as a target ship on Dec 7, 1941 her war started in late 1944. Her career was really quite distinguished, participating in a lot of actions. I also like her turbo electric design, with it's high degree of subdivision and extensive TDS (so much so after the rebuild that she could no longer pass the Panama canal with her new beam of 114 feet).
Not well known as these things go, but quite a modern and effective ship in the end.