Pearl Harbor

March 3, 2011

USS Arizona Memorial

On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i, as well as other military installations on the island of O'ahu. In the process, they sunk or beached 12 ships and damaged 9 others. All but three of these ships were salvaged and later saw action. The three that were permanently destroyed were the Arizona, the Utah, and the Oklahoma. The Arizona sunk with 1177 of its crew. The Oklahoma rolled over trapping more than 400 men inside. The Utah capsized with more than 60 of its crew. Overall, 1178 people - military and civilian – perished.

The USS Arizona remains sunk on the floor of the harbor with the men who died with her. A memorial sits perpendicular to her body for those who wish to pay their respects. Both Americans and Japanese visit. Each day the Arizona leaks a small amount of oil. The visible oil slick is known as the “Tears of the Arizona”.

Memorial USS Arizona's anchor
Memorial The memorial building sits across the sunken remains of the USS Arizona.
Memorial USS Arizona's superstructure
Memorial Memorial offering and the Arizona's tears
Memorial more superstructure

Elsewhere at Pearl Harbor

Boxer The USS Boxer was leaving port.