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USS Arizona Memorial

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 7 Dec 1941 Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Memorial ID 6891

Remains of the United States Navy Battleship Arizona. This battleship is mainly remembered from being sunk during the Pearl Harbor surprised attack by Japanese aircrafts with the loss of 1,177 Navy and Marines Crewmen and officers including commander Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd. The preliminary damage report, filed on January 28,1942, listed seven bomb hits as well one torpedo hit on the port bow forward. From ship’s commission in 1916, it had a very distinctive record of service. She served with the British Grand Fleet at the end of World War I, and 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 Hooveron a goodwill cruise of Caribbean nations. The Battleship was in port in March 1933 when the Long Beach, California 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 being sunk at the start of World War II, the USS Arizona was a shattered hulk with 946 men entombed in its hull was 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 which 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 7, 1941 with Peter Tomich, a Medal of Honor recipient entombed in her hull along with fifty three shipmates.

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  • Added: 10 Nov 1999
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for USS Arizona Memorial (unknown–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6891, citing USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .