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USS Arizona Memorial
Birth: unknown
Death: Dec. 7, 1941

Memorialized remains of the Battleship Arizona. Many remember the vessel only from its Pearl Harbor battle and sinking with the loss of most of its crew and commander Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd. From its commission in 1916, the vessel had a very distinctive record of service. She served with the British Grand Fleet at the end of World War I then had the honor of escorting President Woodrow Wilson to France for the Paris Peace Conference returning to New York with a load of homeward-bound veterans. She took President Herbert Hoover
on a goodwill cruse of Caribbean nations. The Battleship was in port when the Long Beach earthquake occurred and was in position to render quick aid to the city. In 1935, the ship was the location for the filming of the movie "Here Comes the Navy" which received an Academy Award nomination. After the war, the Arizona was a shattered hulk and the over 900 men entombed in its hull were largely ignored. In 1950, the Admiral in command of Pearl Harbor ordered that a flagpole be erected over the sunken ship with a tradition of raising and lowering the colors over the ship each day. Soon a commemorative plaque was placed at the base of the pole. Momentum began to build toward providing money toward construction of a memorial. President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved the creation using funds from Congress along with private donations. Still lacking money, Elvis Presley came forward staging a live concert at Pearl Harbor raising enough money to put the drive over the top and construction began. A structure was placed spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and it consists of three sections: the entry and assembly room, an area designed for ceremonies and observations and the shrine room, where the names of those killed are engraved on the marble wall. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the flag flies from a flagpole which is attached to the original severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. Over the years corrosion has eaten away the hull of the vessel. Presently, experts are trying to accurately predict the life expectancy of the USS Arizona's hull. The Arizona memorial shares its legacy with the nearby but lesser known memorial USS Utah which had a similar fate on December 7th with Peter Tomich
a Medal of Honor recipient entombed in her hull along with fifty three shipmates. (bio by: Donald Greyfield) 
 
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USS Arizona Memorial *
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
*Memorial Site [?]
 
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Record added: Nov 10, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 6891
USS Arizona Memorial
Added by: Tom Denardo
 
USS Arizona Memorial
Added by: Tom Denardo
 
USS Arizona Memorial
Added by: Tom Denardo
 
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