USS Arizona Gun Turret

USS Arizona Gun Turret

Having lived in Arizona the past six years gave me reason to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. We first toured parts of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum in order to gain a better idea about the developments that led to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After watching an informative film, we took a short boat trip to the offshore memorial, a distinctive white concrete and steel structure that spans the sunken USS Arizona. It was interesting to observe the base of a gun turret visible above the water. We learned that oil is still seeping from the ship. The Memorial has a shrine room with the names of the 1,177 killed during the attack. Some 900 of those killed are entombed in the sunken hull. A separate casket-like display lists the names of survivors who have chosen to place their remains with their sunken shipmates. The U. S. Navy has created a respectful space for their fallen comrades.

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