USS ARIZONA AND PEARL HARBOR REMEMBERED

USS ARIZONA REMEMBERED

 

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USS Arizona - Click image to enlarge

 

Illustration of the damage to the USS Arizona

Some Moments Are Too Awful That They Defy Forgetting.

 

Battleship Row prior to the attack
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval Historical Ctr.

Photograph shows Battleship Row prior to the
sinking of the USS Arizona.  Arrow shows
where the Arizona received its fatal blow.

 

The first torpedo in the assault on Pearl Harbor hits the USS Raleigh at about 7:55 a.m., Sunday morning.  Battleship Row is then hit at 7:57 a.m. by one of Lt. Cmdr. Murata's torpedoes.

At 8:10 a.m. a Japanese Type 97 Attack Bomber (later coded KATE) drops a bomb that struck the Arizona between the No. 1 and No. 2 turret.  This bomb was a converted armor piercing artillery shell that ignited the Arizona's forward magazine.  The once majestic Battleship Arizona violently explodes, sinking to the bottom of the harbor.

 

hatchway located next to No. 3 turret leading to the decks below.
A hatchway located next to Number 3 turret leading to the decks below.

Starboard-side main deck cleats
Starboard-side main deck cleats

 

ONE THOUSAND, ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SEVEN
men rest at the bottom of the harbor,
encased in the Arizona's rusty hull.

In the Navy's known history, there has
never been a ship that has taken so many
of its crew down with her.

 

looking forward across the bow.

looking forward across the bow

looking forward across the bow


From the observation deck you look forward across the bow.  Observe Number 2 turret with Number 1 turret resting below the water lines.  Turret Number 1
never had its guns removed.

 

 

No. 3 turret sits above the water line.
From the observation deck you can look aft where Number 3 turret sits above the water line.

After all these years, oil still bubbles to the top from its rusty hull.
After all these years oil still bubbles to the top from its rusty hull.

Your view as you start your boat ride over from the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center
Your view as you start your boat ride over from the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.
The Visitor's Center
The Visitors Center will introduce you to many of the historical facts as well as a movie that will illustrate the events that occurred on December 7, 1941.

 

 

2,403 Americans dead and
another 1,178 Americans wounded.

 

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