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    U.S.S. Arizona Memorial~Pearl Harbor

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    This is the reason we wanted to see Hawai'i, but wanted to see U.S.S. Arizona foremost.

    To board the memorial, you need to make sure you have a ticket which is free. You have to see a movie and from there you board a boat provided by the navy. Be aware, they can cancel the boat ride if the waters get too choppy. Best time to see the memorial is first thing in the morning. They expect folks to be cordial and respectable because it is a somber place to visit.

    The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.

    The USS Arizona Memorial grew out of wartime desire to establish some sort of memorial at Pearl Harbor to honor those who died in the attack. Suggestions for such a memorial began in 1943, but it wasn't until 1949, when the Territory of Hawaii established the Pacific War Memorial Commission, that the first real steps were taken to bring it about.

    Initial recognition came in 1950 when Admiral Arthur Radford, Commander in Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC), ordered that a flagpole be erected over the sunken battleship. On the ninth anniversary of the attack, a commemorative plaque was placed at the base of the flagpole.

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who helped achieve Allied victory in Europe during World War II, approved the creation of the Memorial in 1958. Its construction was completed in 1961 with public funds appropriated by Congress and private donations. The Memorial was dedicated in 1962.

    According to its architect, Alfred Preis, the design of the Memorial, "Wherein the structure sags in the center but stands strong and vigorous at the ends, expresses initial defeat and ultimate victory....The overall effect is one of serenity. Overtones of sadness have been omitted to permit the individual to contemplate his own personal responses...his innermost feelings."

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    U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    Bowfin was launched on 7 Dec 1942 and nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger. Bowfin claimed 39 Japanese merchant ships and four Japanese military ships sunk. The single French Vichy French merchant ship - Van Vollenhoven - which was sunk off Saigon in convoy with Japanese ships. CDR Alden lists two more unidentified vessels that Bowfin may have sunk, and one large seaplane carrier/tanker that was damaged by a Bowfin torpedo. Mines laid by Bowfin on her third patrol may have sunk or severely damaged at least two other ships. Thirteen small craft were also sunk by her deck guns.

    USS Bowfin remains a legend, for among these 188 submarines, Bowfin ranks 17th in tonnage and 15th in number of ships sunk. Fifty-two of 288 combat submarines (almost one out of five) and 3,505 out of 14,750 WWII U.S. submariners (almost one out of four) began their "eternal patrols" before Japan surrendered.

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    U.S.S. MISSOURI (BB-63)~Mighty Mo!

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    The USS Missouri is a fantastic museum and a must see. We had a fantastic time exploring the deck and below. We wished we had more time to see everything. They have gentlemen who give a free tour, but it took to much time from spot to spot and found we could cover the ship by ourselves quickly. A safety tip! Make sure if you go up or down the stairs/ladder go backwards and hang onto the rails tightly.

    The USS Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship designed for speed and firepower and commissioned in mid-1944. It carried out bombing raids over Tokyo and the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During the last month of the war, the “Mighty Mo” served as Admiral Halsey’s flagship for the Pacific Third Fleet and it was on its decks that General Douglas A. MacArthur presided over the formal signing of the Japanese surrender to the Allied Forces on Sept. 2, 1945.

    The Battleship USS Missouri is 887 feet long and 108 feet wide and is 5 feet longer and 18 feet wider than the Titanic. It has nine 116-ton guns on board, and each gun barrel is 67 feet long and can fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds.

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    Pacific Aviation Museum

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2014

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    Located in Hanger 37 that survived the attack during WWII, the Pacific Aviation Museum is located Pearl Harbor on Ford Island, Hawaii. The museum site occupies 16 acres of the 440-acre island. It includes three historic hangars and an air traffic control tower. The collection expanded to 30 aircraft in 2012 with the addition of a Douglas A-3 Skywarrior used by Raytheon for testing radar sets. A 10 minute film in the 200-seat theater documents the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and then takes you to inside where you will find some of the nicest exhibits I have ever experienced and each one tells an important story of the days terrible events. I think the enormous full color aerial photo of Ford Island and Pearl Harbor is fantastic. This museum is a must see when your in Honlulu.

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    USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    The submarine is owned and operated by the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association, and is now part of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park in Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Visitors can tour the submarine with an audio narration of life in the vessel during World War II. During our tour of Pearl Harbour; we visited the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. This was included in our admission Ticket; Passport to Pearl Harbour.

    The park's museum features exhibits and artifacts about submarines and the history of the United States Submarine Service, including detailed models, weapon systems, photographs, paintings, battleflags, recruiting posters, and a memorial honoring the 52 American submarines and the more than 3,500 submariners lost during World War II. Ther is also a Kaiten torpedo and a 40-mm quad gun, along with Poseidon C-3 and Regulus I missiles. The Bowfin itself is available to board if you choose to explore her.

    I enjoyed touring this area and seeing all the artifacts and learning baout actual people in sub history.

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    USS Arizona

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    Pearl Harbour had been on my "to do" list for many years and despite my multiple visits to Oahu I nver made it here until 2014. My wife had always wanted to visit Pearl Harbour as many of her family had served in the Pacific during WWII and she even has a picture of her Grandfather in his Navy uniform at Pearl Harbour before the attack(he was not there the day of the attack).

    My wife and I designated a day to properly visit Pearl Harbour. We booked our tickets in advance and chose to purchase the One Day Passport to Pearl Harbour tour. This tour was $55 per adult; which I didn't think was bad considering all that was included. The tour consists of: the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour Arizona memorial, admission to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

    Our ticket time was 8:30 and we knew we had to get there early to pick up the tickets and had heard that lines can be rather long. We arranged for transport to pick us up at 6am at the Hyatt Waikiki. We arrived a bit after 6:30 and there was already a line about 20 people deep. Once the visitor center opened we collected our tickets, picked up our audio tour headsets and the map.

    We began our tour by exploring some of the exhibits and well as the memorials throughout the area. Since we had the audio guide headsets, we were able to just punch in the numbered attraction and listen to the story. It was an easy and informative addition to the tour that was included in our admission ticket.

    At 8:30 we were able to enter the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater. The line can be long but only those that have the correct time on their ticket are allowed entry so no worry about not getting a seat. Inside the theatre they show a brief introduction, a 23-minute documentary film about Pearl Harbour before you board the shuttle boat to the Arizona Memorial.

    Once at the Memorial it is a very somber and sad atmosphere knowing that all those men are still trapped in their watery grave. It makes you think; these men were just doing their job when out of nowhere the attack came. I'm a former Navy man myself and it really puts it all in perspective how quickly events can shift you from peace to war. Inside the memorial are the names of the men who died as well as those survivors who have died and chosen to have their ashes palced here with their fallen comrades.

    The constant bubbling of oil to the surface from the Arizona is a constant reminder of what lies below. Seeing the Arizona below as well as sticking partially out from the water's surface paints an eerie picture. It really is something that every American should experience but I don't think I'd want to do it again; it's just too sad.

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    Remembrance Circle

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 12, 2014

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    One of the exhibits we visited during our day at Pearl Harbour was the Remembrance Circle. This exhibit pays tribute to the men, women, and children, both military and civilian, who were killed as a result of the attack on December 7, 1941. Names that are displayed with gold lettering are recipients of the Medal of Honor. Along with the plaque of names is a bronze 3D map of Oahu illustrates the various attack targets of that day.

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    USS Missouri

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 7, 2014

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    Our Passport to Pearl Harbour tour included admission to the USS Missouri. I was eager to tour the "Mighty Mo" as it is called. This battleship was constructed in Brooklyn and put into action during WWII. The Mighty Mo has seen action in WWII, Korea and Desert Storm. They even fired on Iraq when I was in the Navy.

    This battleship has seen alot in its days but is most famously known as the site of the Japanese surrender during WWII (there is a commorative plaque on the spot of the surrender). We had a guided tour of the ship that brought us from the outside decks to the interior of the ship. I myself was on an Aircraft Carrier but I was able to show my wife the sort of bunks we had to sleep on in the Navy as they were identical.

    I enjoyed this tour very much and our guide was full of information. I especially enjoyed seeing the damage from a Kamikaze pilot on the ship during during the Battle for Okinawa as well as the photographic footage. The actual kamikaze attack was caught on film by the ship's baker by chance.

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    Pearl Harbour

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 7, 2014

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    Pearl Harbour had been on my "to do" list for many years and despite my multiple visits to Oahu I nver made it here until 2014. My wife had always wanted to visit Pearl Harbour as many of her family had served in the Pacific during WWII and she even has a picture of her Grandfather in his Navy uniform at Pearl Harbour before the attack(he was not there the day of the attack).

    My wife and I designated a day to properly visit Pearl Harbour. We booked our tickets in advance and chose to purchase the One Day Passport to Pearl Harbour tour. This tour was $55 per adult; which I didn't think was bad considering all that was included. The tour consists of: the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour Arizona memorial, admission to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

    Our ticket time was 8:30 and we knew we had to get there early to pick up the tickets and had heard that lines can be rather long. We arranged for transport to pick us up at 6am at the Hyatt Waikiki. We arrived a bit after 6:30 and there was already a line about 20 people deep. Once the visitor center opened we collected our tickets, picked up our audio tour headsets and the map.

    We began our tour by exploring some of the exhibits and well as the memorials throughout the area. Since we had the audio guide headsets, we were able to just punch in the numbered attraction and listen to the story. It was an easy and informative addition to the tour that was included in our admission ticket.

    At 8:30 we were able to enter the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater. The line can be long but only those that have the correct time on their ticket are allowed entry so no worry about not getting a seat. Inside the theatre they show a brief introduction, a 23-minute documentary film about Pearl Harbour before you board the shuttle boat to the Arizona Memorial.

    Once at the Memorial it is a very somber and sad atmosphere knowing that all those men are still trapped in their watery grave. It makes you think; these men were just doing their job when out of nowhere the attack came. I'm a former Navy man myself and it really puts it all in perspective how quickly events can shift you from peace to war. Inside the memorial are the names of the men who died as well as those survivors who have died and chosen to have their ashes palced here with their fallen comrades.

    The constant bubbling of oil to the surface from the Arizona is a constant reminder of what lies below. Seeing the Arizona below as well as sticking partially out from the water's surface paints an eerie picture. It really is something that every American should experience but I don't think I'd want to do it again; it's just too sad.

    Once we were back at the visitor's center we hopped a shuttle bus to the USS Missouri. We had a great tour of the ship and enjoyed seeing the site of the Japanese surrender during WWII. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour even more interesting. From there we went to see the Pacific Aviation Museum; which was incredible. My wife and I love aviation; in particular the old planes. We even had a nice light lunch at the Café in the museum which was surprisingly quite tasty. The Pacific Aviation Museum was our favorite part of the day and we spent significant time here.

    After touring the museum we went back to the Visitor's Center to explore USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum. Before leaving we hit up the gift shop for some souvenirs before heading out to catch our ride back to Waikiki.

    We had a great day here exploring and learning new things about the war in the Pacific. This is a must do for anyone visiting Oahu.

    **They prohibit purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or other items that offer concealment. Visitors may bring cameras, cell phones, and wallets. My wife check her straw bag in for a storage fee of $3 and was able to walk around with a small wristlet for her camera and personal items.**

    **Be respectful when visiting. Dress appropriately and act appropriately; especially when visiting the Arizona memorial. The Arizona Memorial is a somber place; remember this is a gravesite of many brave men who were killed and entombed in their doomed ship.**

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    Pearl Harbour Memorial Theatre

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    Before boating the shuttle boat to view the Arizona Memorial; we came here to view a short 23-minute documentary film about the events of the attack on Pearl Harbour. It definitely sets the stage for what you are about to see at the Arizona Memorial.

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    Pearl Harbor Express Line

    by umsondra Written May 31, 2011

    We went to Pearl Harbor but we went with a tour group. The advantage is our tickets were purchased in advance. We already had our boarding time and the tour guide got us to Pearl Harbor 1 hour in advance. NO WAITING!!! We had time to look around before and after our visit to the Memorial Center. Just a suggestion!

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    A Day That Will Live In Infamy Dec 7, 1941

    by keida84 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Arizona's Turret

    Still at her mooring blocks, The USS Arizona lies in 38 feet of the Pacific ocean with 1,177 men who went to their watery graves the morning of December 7, 1941.

    The memorial was created in 1962 and was built to traverse the battleship like a cross. At low tide the Arizona's main deck is visable above the waterline.

    An interesting fact: when monies were being raised to build the memorial the donations were few and far between. Until it came to the attention of Elvis Presley. He did a one night show which yielded $62,000. Congress then authorized $150,000 and the State Legislature added another $50,000.

    The rusting battleship is slowly leaking out the oil and fuel she carried on that fateful day. Plans are in the works to shore it up.

    Take the US Navy tour:

    The U.S. Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours begin on an average of every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    USS Missouri Battleship and Pacific Aviation Museu

    by mindcrime Written Dec 8, 2009

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    USS Missouri Battleship

    The USS Missouri battleship is a must if you are really into military history or you love automobiles and boats.

    It’s 270 meters long and it was launched at the end of WWII. Some other important facts about it are that it participated in the battle of Iwo Jima and after the war it was its deck that the formal Japanese surrender took place! It is the last us battleship.

    First you have to purchase your tickets at the box office which is next to USS Bowfin submarine. The ticket for USS Missouri Battleship costs $16 or $28 for the combine ticket that includes the Pacific Aviation Museum. The Missouri battleship is on Ford Island, which is an active military base so you can’t drive upon the bridge, just take the shuttle bus near the box office.

    You will need much more time than for the USS Bowfin submarine because it’s big enough with many stairs also. Many corners need time and don’t forget to use the audio tour if you don’t have a guide with you.

    There are so many things to see here on Mighty Mo (its nickname), the wardroom that houses an axhibition now, the deck where the japanese surrender took place, the missile launchers and other weapon systems, the main and secondary battery etc There is a delux tour which takes about 2 hours but we were very tired and skip it but if you want to know details of every gun or machine on the battleship you’ll like it.

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    Arizona Memorial

    by mindcrime Written Dec 8, 2009

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    This is probably the busiest attraction in Oahu, the long queues all seasons prove that. You have to be there early in the morning to get your ticket that states the exact time you will be allowed to get into the Arizona Memorial Theatre. We had to wait only 60‘ (there are other things to do here anway so don’t worry but I’ve heard some people had to wait for hours during high season!).

    Actually, Arizona Memorial has two different sections. First, you visit the Visitor Center where the souvenir store is and you can spend some time till you see your time that your tour begins on the screens, dont go earlier they wont allow you to enter. Then, by showing your ticket, you get inside a theater where you watch a documentary film with the historical facts of what happened that day, the Day of Infamy, on December 7, 1941. Arizona battleship was one of 21 vessels that received direct hits from the more than 300 japanese planes. It sank in less than ten minutes and of course many of its men died inside it, 1177 in total. USS Arizona was one of the sunken ships that never been able to be risen again.

    After the short documentary, you will board on a boat (!) and you visit the second section of the Memorial (pics 1-2) which is an offshore shrine over tthe midsection of the sunken USS Arizona battleship!. Don’t forget that the ship became the final resting place for some of the us troopers that lost their lifes during the japanese attack.

    What you can see here is an entire wall that lists the 1177 names (pic 3). While you wait for your boat to come again you can enjoy the view around the Memorial and see also the USS Missouri Battleship which is near (pic 5). Pic 3 shows oil floating up under the memorial, it’s what they call the Tears Of Arizona!

    The Arizona Memorial is open daily 7.30-17.00.
    Keep your ticket as a souvenir! At the back of it you will find a biography of a US soldier that served US army in Pearl Harbor during WWII. Every ticket is different of course.
    The souvenir store has some a big variety of magnets ($3), postcards and some nice illustrated books.

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    Pacific Submarine museum

    by mindcrime Written Dec 8, 2009

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    After the USS Bowfin submarine we had a little time to visit the small submarine museum that is located next to it. The ticket for the Bowfin Submarine costs $10 and includes the museum
    anyway.

    The museum is small enough so it won’t be boring for you and has some nice items with good information (use the free audio tour). It focuses on the development of submarines, you can see original parts of real submarines (pic 4), scale models (pic 5), photos etc

    Between the entrance for Arizona Memorial and the USS Bowfin submarine is a small park with missiles and other weird items like torpedos etc Of course, it’s normal for a military base to decorate like that the place, isn’t it? Take some photos of the Arizona Memorial that you can see on the distance and continue your way.

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