USS Arizona (BB 39)

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USS Arizona (BB 39)

USS Arizona (BB 39) was a Pennsylvania class battleship that was destroyed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and remains where she sank as a memorial to the people killed during the battle.

The Arizona was laid down in 1914, launched in 1915 and commissioned in 1916, making her one of the most modern battleships in the US Navy when American entered the First World War in 1917. Neither of the oil burning Pennsylvania class ships were part of the American battleship squadron sent to join the British Grand Fleet, and the Arizona only reached Europe after the war, when she served as part of the escort for President Wilson as he travelled to Paris. On her return trip the Arizona carried 238 American troops home from the war. The Arizona served as a flagship for most of the 1920s, and was the flagship of Battleship Division 1 from 1938.

Both Pennsylvania class ships underwent a major refit during the 1920s. Their maximum gun elevation was raised to 30 degrees, increasing their maximum range. Anti-torpedo bulges were installed underwater. An aircraft launching catapult was fitted. New boilers were installed, using machinery ordered for the USS Washington, a newer battleship scrapped under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty. The secondary guns were removed from the hull and moved up one level into a deckhouse arrangement that contained eight 5in anti-aircraft guns and two 5in single purpose guns. The cage masts were removed and replaced with tripod masts.

On 7 December 1941 the Arizona was moored at position F-7 on battleship row, Pearl Harbor, with the fleet repair ship Vestal moored alongside. She was badly damaged early in the Japanese attack, suffering one torpedo hit and probably eight bomb hits. One of these bombs penetrated into the forward magazines, triggering a massive explosion that ripped the ship apart. The resulting fires burnt for two days, and oil fires floating on the current caused great problems for other ships on battleship row. A total of 1,177 of the 1,512 men onboard were killed, including Rear Admiral Kidd and the ship's captain Van Valkenburgh. Both men were awarded posthumous Medals of Honor, as was the highest ranking officer to survive the attack, Lt. Commander Samuel G. Fuqua.

The Arizona was so badly damaged that there was never any question of raising her. Instead the superstructure was cut down to water level, while the rear guns and turrets were removed for use as coastal defence guns. The Arizona became an official memorial to the dead of Pearl Harbor.

Displacement (standard)

31,400t

Displacement (loaded)

32,567t

Top Speed

21kts

Range

8,000nm at 10kts

Armour – belt

13.5in-8in

- deck

3in

- turret faces

18in or 16in

- turret sides

10-9in

- turret top

5in

- turret rear

9in

- barbettes

13in

- coning tower

16in

- coning tower top

8in

Length

608ft

Width

97ft 1in

Armaments

Twelve 14in guns in four triple turrets
Twenty two 5in guns
Four 3in guns
Two 32in submerged beam torpedo tubes

Crew complement

915

Laid down

16 March 1914

Launched

19 June 1915

Completed

17 October 1916

Fate

Sunk 7 December 1941


Facts about the USS Arizona (BB-39)

When people discuss the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s difficult not to bring up the USS Arizona. Considered one of the greatest tragedies of that day, the mighty Pennsylvania-class battleship suffered multiple torpedo and bomb strikes, causing her to explode and sink to the harbor floor. In the chaos of the December 7th, 1941 Japanese attack, the Arizona lost 1,177 members of her brave and dedicated crew. The battleship and many of her crewmen lie at the bottom of the harbor, and the USS Arizona Memorial is built directly above the wreckage. To help you know more about this iconic ship, we’ve compiled a few lesser-known facts about the USS Arizona.


U.S.S. ARIZONA

The Navy brought USS Arizona into service with her commission in October 1916. For the first few years, the ship operated in the Atlantic with cruises to France, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Sea, and down to Peru. In August 1921, the ship transferred to serve in the Pacific Fleet based out of Southern California. She remained there for much of the next decade. Between 1929 and 1931, USS Arizona underwent a major modernization at Norfolk. Once completed, the ship escorted President Herbert Hoover on his Caribbean tour. At the end of that tour, she returned to service in the Pacific Fleet.

In 1940, USS Arizona, along with other ships, began working out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On the morning of December 7, 1941, the ship was sitting in the harbor along with sister ships. The Japanese attacked the Fleet here with devastating results. After surviving other bombs, one penetrated the deck and entered her forward ammunition magazines. The subsequent explosion spelled her doom. When she sank, USS Arizona took 1177 men with her. The Navy worked to salvage as much of her armament as possible. After several assessments, the Navy determined that raising her would involve too much time and resources. She remains at rest in Pearl Harbor as a monument to the men lost there.


USS Arizona (BB 39) - History

On board ARIZONA, the ship's air raid alarm went off about 0755 and the ship went to General Quarters soon thereafter. Insofar as it could be determined soon after the attack, the ship sustained eight bomb hits one hit on the forecastle glancing off the face plate of Turret II, penetrating the deck to explode in the black powder magazine, which in turn set off adjacent smokeless powder magazines. A cataclysmic explosion ripped through the forward part of the ship, touching off fierce fires that burned for two days debris showered down on Ford Island in the vicinity.

Acts of heroism on the part of ARIZONA's officers and men were many, headed by those of Lieutenant Commander Samuel G. Fuqua, the ship's damage control officer, whose coolness in attempting to quell the fires and get survivors off the ship earned him the Medal of Honor. Posthumous awards of the Medal of Honor also went to Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, the first flag officer to be killed in the Pacific war, and to Captain Van Valkenburgh, who reached the bridge and was attempting to fight his ship when the bomb hit on the magazines destroying her.

The blast that destroyed ARIZONA and sank her at her berth alongside of Ford Island consumed the lives of 1,177 of the 1,400 on board at the time - over half of the casualties suffered by the entire fleet on the "Day of Infamy."

Placed "in ordinary" at Pearl Harbor 29 December 1941, ARIZONA was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 December 1942. Her wreck was cut down so that very little of the superstructure lay above water her after main battery turrets and guns were removed to be emplaced as coast defense guns. ARIZONA's wreck remains at Pearl Harbor, a memorial to the men of her crew lost that December morning in 1941. On 7 March 1950, Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet at that time, instituted the raising of colors over ARIZONA's remains, and legislation during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy designated the wreck a National Shrine. A memorial was built it was dedicated 30 May 1962.

ARIZONA (BB-39) was awarded one Battle Star for her service in World War II.


USS Arizona (BB 39) - History

"We are here today to witness the laying of the keel of the 41st battleship of the United States Navy. We want to make a world's record in length of time between the laying of the keel and the launching of this ship. Judging by the records of the Navy yard in the past, with the Connecticut, the Florida, and the New York, I do not think it is any exaggeration to say that number 39 should be ready to slide down these ways in ten months from today."

With these words, Commander of the New York Navy Yard Captain Albert Gleaves began the keel laying of what was to become the USS Arizona, one of the most well known battleships in US and World History. USS Arizona was one of two Pennsylvania class battleships. Their design was started in response to the arms race started by the increased capabilities of the British battleship Dreadnought, launched in 1906. The ceremony in which she was laid down at the New York Navy Yard took place on March 16, 1914 and was attended by Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt, later president of the United States. Also in attendance for the birth of the ship was three-year-old Henry Williams Jr. who was given the honor of placing the first bolt in place. Williams would be present twenty-six years later as a Lieutenant in the US Navy on the day of Arizona's death.

She was launched on June 19, 1915 and christened "Arizona" with a bottle filled with some of the first drops of water to flow over the new Roosevelt Dam in the state of Arizona. At the time this action was hotly debated sailors feeling that christening with water was a bad omen, but the move for prohibition was strong at this time and the Navy aquiest to the wishes of the Govenor of Arizona.

Following the launching, fitting out began on the empty hull. Guns and turrets were installed and her machinery and engines were added. A small superstructure and two large cage masts rose above her wood decks. Ventilators to move air below decks were installed and ships boats were embarked. The bright red primer she had been covered with on the day of her launching was covered by Navy Gray paint.

Finally, the mightly USS Arizona was comisshioned on October 17, 1916, officially becoming a ship of the US Navy at 4:09PM . Her crew begain to learn the systems of their new ship as they cleaned up after the yard workers and took on provisions of food and ammunition. She departed New York a month later for her shakedown trials off the east coast, down to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Her 5-inch broadside guns were fired first, on the 19th of December, and her mighty 14-inch main battery let loose with their first volley on the 23rd.

Her new engines would plague her with trouble until a major overhaul later in life the turbine blades on one of the low-pressue turbines had stripped coincidentally on December 7th and following the shakedown she had a four-month overhaul back in New York to repair the engine. Portions of the aft quarterdeck and two decks under that had to be removed to allow the damaged engine to be removed and repaired. The turbine was not back on ship until early March, at which point Arizona was put back together, cleaned up, and attached to Battleship Division 8.

The Pennsylvania class battleships were a new design, one fired by oil rather than the more traditional coal. Because of this Arizona and her crew never deployed to Europe during World War one. Instead, they were kept off the eastern seaboard based out of Norfolk, Virginia. Arizona served as a gunnery training ship and patroled the sea lanes off the coast until the end of the war. One

The week after the Armstice was signed Arizona stood out of Hampton Roads, Virgina, for a journey to Portland, England. Once there, she served with other ships in her division as an escort for President Woodrow Wilson during his journey to the Paris Peace Conference. Following this she headed west, carrying 238 veterans home to New York, arriving off the coast on the afternoon of Christmas day, 1918.

The next day, Arizona and crew passed in review before Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on the yacht Mayflower, moored just off the shore from the Statue of Liberty. Following this there was a short stay in New York before she sailed for her home port in Virginia in January of the new year.

Arizona and her crew were stationed at Pearl Harbor with the rest of the Pacific fleet following Fleet Problem XXI in April of 1940.

On December 4th, while sailing in formation with USS Nevada and West Virginia when a message came to the bridge, "Submarine 300 yards off our starboard bow and I have my 5-inch battery trained on it. Request permission to fire, sir!” This message was sent by Ensign Vernon Osterberg, a gunnery officer serving on one of the 5" broadside guns on the main deck. Capt. Van Valkenburgh denied permission to fire, and was killed three days later when Arizona was sunk, so we will never know for sure if Osterberg did actually see a submarine and what a legitimate sighting would have done.

Pearl Harbor

Only two bombs hit Arizona that day. The first hit the side of turret #4 and richocheted off into the deck next to it, penetrating the deck and starting a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

The second hit between the forward turrets on the starboard side. It penetrated not only the main deck but two armored decks below and started off a chain reaction in the ammunition stored in teh forward end of the ship. Enormous heat and pressure built up inside, setting off more ammunition and buckling the insides of the ship. Within seconds of the hit, the pressure built up so much that the hull of the Arizona began to deform inflating outward as if a balloon. Soon it was too much for her hull to take and the sides of the forward end blew out.

An unearthly howl filled the air as a massive explosion erupted from her hull. Flames burst from the shattered steel and leapt hundreds of feet into the air. A thick blast of smoke shot straight up from her smoke stack, leading to rumors that she had been destroyed by a single bomb that had gone down her stack. Fuel Oil tanks had been demolished by the explosion and hundreds of thousands of oil from Arizona fed the conflagoration for days and threatened to destroy other ships as well.

In that instant, nearly a thousand men died. More qould quickly follow.

As of December 7th, 2000, 18 survivors of the attack who were on Arizona that day have been interred with their shipmates. As much as we know, there are 963 men aboard Arizona.

15th Donald Starks July 14, 2000 Making the total 961.
16th Lewis P. Robinson December 7th, 2000 (died in 1997 at age 78)
17th &18th (same ceremony)
James Lenox Lawson December 7th, 2001 died (June 15, 2001)
George Dewey Phraner Jr. December 7th, 2001 (died Sept. 7, 2001)


USS Arizona (BB-39)

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/24/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

USS Arizona (BB-39) was one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships completed for service in the United States Navy (USN) prior to World War 1 (1914-1918). Arizona was sister to the lead ship of the two-strong class, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and succeeded the Nevada-class is the USN inventory. Super-dreadnoughts were classified as more powerful versions of the same warship type that began with the introduction of revolutionary HMS Dreadnought of the British Royal Navy. The revised form added displacement and larger-caliber, centralized main gun armament. Arizona was ordered on March 4th, 1913 and saw her keel laid down at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on March 16th, 1914. She was launched on June 19th, 1915 and formally commissioned on October 17th, 1916.

When launched in 1915, the Pennsylvania-class was one of the most powerful warships available to the American fleet. Armament consisted of 4 x 14-inch /45 caliber main guns in triple-gunned turrets backed by 22 x 5-inch /51 caliber guns. Anti-Aircraft (AA) defense was through 4 x 3-inch /50 caliber guns. Consistent with warships of the period, she carried torpedo armament of 2 x 21-inch (533mm) tubes. Armor protection included up to 343mm at the belt, 457mm at the turrets and 406mm at the conning tower. Her length was 608 feet with a beam of 97 feet and a draught of 29.2 feet. Power was from 12 x Babcock & Wilcox water-tube boilers with 4 x Parsons steam turbines driving 4 x shafts at 29,366 horsepower. Speeds reached 21 knots in ideal conditions with ranges out to 8,000 nautical miles. Her typical crew complement was 915 officers and sailors. Displacement was 29,630 tons under standard load.

Arizona first set sail in April of 1917 and within a few days, the United States government entered the war in Europe. Eight of her 5-inch guns were reassigned to merchants for self-protection when making the hazardous Atlantic crossing. Arizona was assigned to Battleship Division 8 as served as a gunnery trainer while residing mainly near the U.S. shoreline due to the ongoing German U-boat threat in the Atlantic. This became all of the action that Arizona was to witness during World War 1 which ended on November 11th, 1918. Arizona made a journey to Brest, France as part of President Woodrow Wilson's Paris Peace Conference entourage and in December of 1918 made her way back to New York.

During the ensuing decade, Arizona made various stops along the American east coast, in Caribbean waters, and in Europe. In the latter, she served in a humanitarian relief role for Americans caught up the escalating tensions between Italy and Greece over ownership of Smyrna. She made a stop in Istanbul before heading to New York where she was given a needed overhaul. She lost six more of her 5-inch guns but received updated Fire Control Systems (FCSs). During August of 1920, she served as the flagship to Battleship Division 7.

Arizona formed a USN flotilla of warships that passed through the Panama Canal into Pacific waters. A stop in Peru for joint maneuvers followed. Another overhaul awaited the ship in New York waters before another stop in Peru and then a new homeport assignment in San Pedro, California. In August of 1923, Arizona was officially assigned to the Pacific Fleet. During 1929, Arizona was modernized at Norfolk Navy Yard which updated her various systems and changed her profile some. Her 5-inch guns now numbered twelve and her 3-inch weapons replaced by 5-inch AA guns. Torpedo and deck protection were both improved and geared steam turbines replaced her original high-pressure systems. Despite the addition of extra armor and equipment, Arizona's new machinery allowed her to retain a respectable sea-going speed.

Various non-combat operations dotted her 1930s activities and sea trials were undertaken in Rockland, Maine before she joined her sister ship for service along the American west coast. Foreshadowing the attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii still some years off, USS Arizona participated in a 1932 scenario which simulated a successful aerial naval attack on the harbor. She then joined in relief efforts at Long Beach, California following an earthquake.

In mid-1940, the vessel joined others in the Pacific Fleet to be based in Hawaiian waters as a show of force against possible Japanese aggression. Another overhaul greeted the warship from October 1940 to January of the following year at Puget Sound Naval Yard of Bremerton, Washington. She received more AA guns during the process. Following some gunnery work in early December 1941, she berthed with others along Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.

On December 7th, 1941 aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) struck in the Harbor in an effort to silence the USN Pacific carriers (which were not in harbor during the attack). Arizona received bomb hits from several IJN attack aircraft in the early going as battle stations had sounded and some attempts were made to thwart the assault. Four bombs impacted directly with three falling close by. It is believed that the last bomb hit caused the fatal detonation of her magazine stores near the bow of the ship. Of the 1,512 crew on the warship during the attack, 1,177 were killed from this massive blast alone. On fire and heavily damaged, Arizona's fighting days were clearly behind her as she sunk where she berthed - taking more lives with her. The attack on the Harbor proved a tactical victory for the Japanese but missed out on destruction of the American carrier fleet in the region. It also led to the formal declaration of war by the U.S. government on the nation of Japan that would forever change the course of the war.

Unable to be raised for possible salvage, she was instead saved as a memorial. She was struck from the Naval Register on December 1st, 1942 and had her superstructure removed for scrap. Her aft guns were recovered and served as coastal guns on Oahu and on the Mokapu Peninsula over Kaneohe Bay. The guns of Turret No. 2 were mounted on USS Nevada during 1944 and were appropriately used in anger against Japanese forces at both Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Arizona's forward turrets were allowed to remain on the sunken vessel.

The USS Arizona memorial remains both a somber and popular destination for many despite the decades that have passed since the Pearl Harbor attack - oil still trickles from her severed, battered hull. In a touching tribute, survivors of the USS Arizona attack are allowed interment in the hull by way of ceremony and specially-trained divers which allows past crewmembers to join their comrades for a final voyage.


USS Arizona (BB 39) - History

31,400 Tons
608' x 97' x 28.8'
12 x 14" guns
22 x 5" guns
4 x 3" guns
2 x 21" torpedoes

Prewar History
During World War I, USS Arizona operated out of Norfolk, Virginia as a gunnery training ship and patrolling the eastern seaboard from Virginia to New York. After the war, Arizona embarked 238 U.S. veterans from Brest, France to New York, NY.

During the inter war years, operated from the Caribbean and California, and was modified and used for training exercises. During March 1929, U.S. President Herbert Hoover embarked on board the modernized battleship and sailed for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and returned to Hampton Roads, VA.

On September 30, 1940 returned to Long Beach then overhauled at the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton adding anti-aircraft guns and Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd took command.

In January 1941 departed Bremerton and arrived Pearl Harbor on February 3, 1941. Arizona resumed training exercises and on June 11, 1941 departed Pearl Harbor on a voyage to Long Beach then returned to Pearl Harbor on July 8, 1941 and resumed exercises and training in the Hawaiian area. On October 27, 1941 Arizona again underwent a brief overhaul at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard adding the foundation for a search radar atop the foremast.

On December 4, 1941 USS Arizona, USS Nevada (BB-36) and USS Oklahoma (BB-37) conducted a night training and live fire exercise then returned to Pearl Harbor on December 5, 1941 entered Battleship Row berth F 7 inside Pearl Harbor. On December 6, 1941 repair ship USS Vestal AR-4 was moored alongside.

Sinking History
On December 7, 1941 in the morning Arizona was moored at Battleship Row berth F 7 inside Pearl Harbor with USS Vestal AR-4 alongside. Aboard was Rear Admiral Kidd and Captain Franklin van Valkenburgh and the crew of 1,512. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Arizona was among the warships targeted by Japanese carrier aircraft.

During the first wave of the Japanese attack around 8:00am, a B5N1 Kate from Kaga flying at high altitude dropped a bomb that hit the side of the no. 4 turret and glanced off into penetrating the deck below and caused small fire but causing minimal damage. At 8:06am, an armor piercing bomb dropped by a B5N1 Kate from Hiryu hit between and to port of gun turrets no. 1 and no. 2. The bomb exploded and detonated the forward ammunition magazine causing an explosion that destroyed the forward part of the vessel. The explosion was recorded in a color cine footage.

Fates of the Crew
In total, 1,177 of Arizona's crew died, approximately half of the lives lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu making the Arizona the largest loss of life. Among those killed were S1c Paul Z. Hollenbach.

Memorial
During 1962, the Arizona memorial straddling the sunken vessel was dedicated with a marble memorial plaque that reads "To the Memory of the Gallant Men Here Entombed and their shipmates who gave their lives in action on December 7, 1941, on the U.S.S. Arizona" with the names of all the personnel killed in the sinking. Since 1980, the Arizona Memorial is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and accessible to visitors by a U.S. Navy launch that transports visitor from the USS Arizona Memorial and Museum to the Arizona Memorial on a daily basis.

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USS Arizona (BB 39) - History

ARIZONA (BB-39), third ship of this name, was launched 19 June 1915 by New York Navy Yard sponsored by Miss Esther Ross and commissioned 17 October 1916, Captain J.D. McDonald in command.

ARIZONA joined the Atlantic Fleet following her shakedown cruise. She spent World War I undergoing training in Chesapeake Bay. On 18 November 1918 she sailed from Hapton Roads, VA., to join the Naval Forces in British waters. On 12 December 1918 she departed Portsmouth, England, to assidt in escorting the U.S.S. George Washington, carrying President Woodrow Wilson, to Brest, France. Later in the month ARIZONA returned to the United States.

Except for a voyage to the Mediterranean (April-July 1919), she cruised along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean with the Atlantic Fleet until 1929 when she reported to Norfolk Navy Yard for modernization. Following the completion of her modernization in 1931, ARIZONA carried President Herbert Hoover on a cruise to the West Indies and then rejoined the Pacific Fleet. She was attached to the Pacific Fleet throughout the remainder of her service. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, ARIZONA took hits from eight bombs and reported one torpedo. (See Torpedo Theory ). One of the bombs penetrated a powder magazine and the resultant explosion completely wrecked her. ARIZONA suffered the loss of 1104 personnel. The ship still remains submerged at Pearl Harbor a memorial to the valiant dead still on board her.

Rear Admiral I.C. Kidd and Captain F. Van Valkenburgh, respectively, were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for courageously discharging their duties while on board ARIZONA and Lieutenant Commander S.G. Fugua, the senior surviving officer on board, was also a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

ARIZONA received one battle star.

STATISTICS: BB-39: dp. 32,6000 1.608'0" b. 106'3" dro. 27'7" s. 21k cpl. 1358 a. 12 14", 20 5" acft. 3 cl. PENNSYLVANIA.


Contents

USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship named after Arizona, the 48th state which was admitted to the Union in 1912. She was built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, laid down on March 16, 1914 launched on June 19, 1915 and commissioned on October 17, 1916. In April 1940, she and the rest of the United States Pacific Fleet were transferred from California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a deterrent to the Empire of Japan.

On December 7, 1941, Arizona was among the ships stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that were attacked by the Japanese Empire's Air Forces. The ship was hit, and exploded and sank, taking with her the lives of 1,177 crewmen and officers. [2]

The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Legislation passed during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy designated the wreck as a national shrine. The USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated on 30 May 1962 to all those who died during the attack, straddles the ship's hull." [3] [4]

Arizona State Capitol Museum Edit

The first floor of the Arizona State Capitol Museum is home to a 500-pound superstructure piece of Arizona, the U.S. flag that flew on the ship when it sank, and pieces of the vessel's silver service. [5] [6]

Artifact [7] Image Location Summary
1 USS Arizona superstructure Arizona State Capitol Museum, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix Parts of the ship's superstructure
1 USS Arizona Flag Arizona State Capitol Museum U.S. flag that flew on the battleship when it sank
1 USS Arizona Silver Service Arizona State Capitol Museum 59 pieces of the ship's silver service donated to the Navy by the citizens of Arizona in 1919
1 USS Arizona Silver Service Arizona State Capitol Museum Additional silverware on display

Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center Edit

A small piece of the ship's superstructure is on display in the second floor of the Carl T. Hayden VA (Veterans Administration) Hospital located at 650 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. There is a plaque which reads:

USS Arizona December 7, 1941
A Piece of History
A Volume of Memories
A Grateful Nation
Dedicated December 7, 1998

Artifact [7] Image Location Summary
1 USS Arizona Ship Superstructure Carl T. Hayden VA Hospital, 650 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona The metal piece artifact is on the 2nd floor of the hospital.

Glendale Veterans Memorial Edit

The Glendale Veterans Memorial, also known as the Glendale USS Arizona Memorial, is located at 5959 West Brown Street in Glendale, Arizona. The City of Glendale acquired historical artifacts that were salvaged from Arizona in Pearl Harbor. The rusted metal pieces are from a portion of the potato locker in the ship's galley. The steel rings were cut from the USS Arizona Memorial flagpole. [8]

Artifact [7] Image Location Summary
1 Monument made from the Arizona potato locker. 5959 West Brown Street in Glendale, Arizona. Rusted metal pieces from a potato locker in the ship's galley.
The steel rings were cut from the ship's mast
1 Monument made from the potato locker of the ship The Glendale Veteran's Memorial in Glendale, Arizona. A different view of the rusted metal pieces from a portion of the potato locker in the ship's galley

University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Edit

The University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center houses one of the original bells used in Arizona. The 1,820-pound bell is one of two salvaged from USS Arizona and is housed in the "bell tower". The bell is rung after every home football victory. [9] The other bell is on display in the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. [10] The University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center is located at 1303 E University Blvd in Tucson. The bell is also rung by every Naval and USMC officer as they commission through The University of Arizona NROTC Unit.

Artifact [7] Image Location Summary
1 USS Arizona bell. University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E University Blvd in Tucson, Arizona. One of two bells salvaged from the USS Arizona

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza Edit

Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is the home of the mast, anchor and the restored gun barrel of Arizona. [11] [12]

The USS Arizona Signal Mast Committee purchased the upper 26 feet (7.9 m) of signal mast of Arizona and transported it to Arizona and had it erected in Wesley Bolin Plaza. It was dedicated and donated to the state of Arizona on December 7, 1990. The 16,000-pound (7,300 kg) anchor was salvaged from Arizona after she was sunk by the Japanese in Pearl Harbor. The restored gun barrel is one of two gun barrels on display the other is a 16-inch gun barrel from USS Missouri (BB-63) . The gun barrel measures 55 feet (17 m) long and weighs 70 tons. It was previously on Arizona, but was in the relining process in the continental United States at the time of Pearl Harbor. The gun barrel served on USS Nevada (BB-36) during World War II. It was officially placed on display at the plaza on December 7, 2013. The other restored gun barrel belonged to USS Missouri. [13]

Artifact [7] Image Location Summary
1 USS Arizona Signal Mast 700 West Washington Street, Phoenix Upper 26 foot of the signal mast erected in Wesley Bolin Plaza
1 USS Arizona Anchor Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza Restored 16,000-pound anchor
1 USS Arizona Gun Barrel Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza Restored gun barrel from the USS Arizona
1 Breech of USS Arizona Gun Barrel Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza Breech of the restored gun barrel

USS South Dakota Memorial Edit

A salvaged piece of steel from USS Arizona is on display at the USS South Dakota Memorial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


The Haunting Scenes of Pearl Harbor

There’s no denying the devastation that was wrought on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th, 1941. It’s evident at the USS Arizona Memorial, that sits in the middle of the harbor overlooking the remains of the mighty battleship for which it’s named. It’s.



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