Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At the Grave of the USS Arizona

The USS Arizona sank in shallow waters just off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, early on December 7, 1941. A bomb dropped by a Japanese plane from a great height penetrated the ship's armor, exploded, and set off a tremendous explosion in the Arizona's forward magazine. 

Nearly 1200 sailors and marines died in the attack. The remains of about 900 of them are entombed in the Arizona's hulk.


Henry Holland said...

I lived in Hawaii from 1966 until December 1969, I was 10 when we left. I was taken to the Arizona memorial just before we left and I looked straight down at it. I *still* have nightmares more than 40 years later about all the poor people trapped in the wreckage and what they must have went through.

Thanks Dad! :-)

Lisa Hirsch said...

Having seen film of the explosion and photos of the subsequent long-burning fire, I suspect that many or most of the dead went quickly, which may or may not be a relief.