On December 7, 1941, one of the most important military battles in world history took place when a massive force of Japanese bombers, fighter planes, and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. Over 2,300 Americans lost their lives in this devastating battle, which prompted the American entrance into World War II.
More than eleven hundred of these lives were lost when a Japanese shell scored a direct hit on the USS Arizona, a battleship anchored in Pearl Harbor. The ship sank almost immediately, with the casualties entombed aboard. It was soon decided that the Arizona would be left were she fell and that it would be preserved as a memorial to the men who died when she sank.
Going to Pearl Harbour and seeing the remains of the USS Arizona was a quiet time to think during our trip to Hawaii.
This ship has lots of history. You can walk on board and see all the ship. You can take a tour and learn more about it. It was very interesting to see what it was like inside. The guns were huge.
This is the top of the USS Arizona as it still sits at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Oil STILL leaks out of it causing a rainbow streak across the water.
Behind is the beautiful Pearl City.
The USS Arizona and still over a 1,000 service men who went down with the ship lie directly under the monument. A few of the gun turrets still stick out of the water.
The memorial is located on a stone pier over the top of the USS Arizona wreck. Access is via a ferry from the visitors center. It's free but expect to have to wait for a ferry.
The visitors center is quite nice. Expect to have to wait for a trip out to the USS Arizona. It includes museum, snack bar and a large courtyard.
View from on board the Arizona Memorial. There are all the names of the seamen that were killed during the bombing.
We could not come this far and miss this historical. We took a Roberts Pearl Harbor/ Honolulu city tour. We saw all of the main sites in a short amount of time (which was all we had).