Pearl Harbor is Hawaii's largest harbor and the nation's only naval base designated as a National Historic Landmark with three significant memorials: the USS Arizona Memorial, honoring the 1,100 men of the Pearl Harbor attack; the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a living museum of the most celebrated and last-built battleship; and the USS Bowfin Museum, featuring a World War II submarine, a Japanese mini submarine and extensive submarine history.
Once you enter the memorial I would suggest that you go straight to the ticket window and receive a free ticket for the movie and boat tour. These tickets are numbered and when you (and around 50 others) are called you proceed to the theatre. After a film of live footage from the Japanese invasion of Dec 7 1941, you board a navy boat and are taken out to the USS Arizona.
To me, this was a humbling experience.....
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 spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship consists of three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms; 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.
Wow. Now anyone can board the Battleship USS Missouri. What a huge ship it is, the "Mighty Mo", with her large 16" guns standing guard.
Seeing the inside of a battleship is like visiting a miniature city, with all of the areas of the ship being a smaller version of their land counterparts. Not much room for sleeping, and look out for the low ceiling or the narrow hallways (corridors).
The main attraction of the ship is standing on the actual spot where the war ended between the USA Allied Forces and Japan, with the signing of surrender by the Japanese with Allied Forces on September 2, 1945, in Toyko Bay. Now, the deck is called the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Obviously moving to those that remember, hopefully moving to future generations.
There seems to be a common thread in Honolulu....Tourist operators that wish to rip you off!!
Pearl Harbour is a National memorial and as such, it is FREE ENTRY. Once again The Bus will take you to the memorial for US$2.00 each way. An entire day at the memorial will cost you US$4.00. Some tour companies will charge you upwards of US$60.00 for the tour!!!
Pearl Harbor is a must visit, to see the museum and movie about war and the tragedy of one day. After the somber movie, about December 7, 1941, you take a brief shuttleboat ride out to the memorial that covers part of the USS Arizona. This site is one memorial of many throughout the world, dedicated to the fallen. Below the cold stone floor lies the tomb of 1,102 members of the crew. Yes, many die in war, and this precious crew is a reminder of the sadness and cruelty of it all.
Early August 29, 1945 the USS MISSOURI entered Tokyo Bay to prepare for the formal surrender ceremony. High- ranking military officials of all the Allied Powers came on board September2. Army General Douglas MacArthur and the Japanese representatives came together and then the surrender ceremony was broadcast to the waiting world, thus ending the Second World War.
Three football fields long and over 20 stories tall, the Missouri's 16-inch guns can fire a 2,700 pound shell more than 25 miles.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children 4 - 12 $8.00
On December 7, 1941, the USS ARIZONA while moored in Pearl Harbour, was bombed by a Japanese air raid. The 608 - foot battleship sank in 9 minutes without firing a shot, taking 1,177 sailors and marines to their death. The attack catapulted the United States into World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial was established to honor all those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
The MEMORIAL is a white 184-foot structure that spans the sunken hull of the USS ARIZONA. The deck of the ship lies 6 feet below the surface of pearl Harbour. Alfred Pries, an Austrian architect, designed the memorial, which is broken into three sections --- entry room --- assembly room --- shrine room. The shrine room contains the names of the USS ARIZONA sailors and marines who lost their lives on that fateful day of December 7, 1941.
Monday, February 10, 2003
Hans and I vistited PEARL HARBOUR which was part of the Honolulu City Tour.
When we arrived by tour bus we received our reservation time and waited for the boat shuttle to take us to the Arizona Memorial.
The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour remains one of the most infamous naval attacks in history, as well as one of the most devastating opening attacks of any war. Of the 96 ships in the harbour that day, 18 were sunk or heavily damaged. The casualties totaled 2403 dead, 1178 wounded. Almost half of the fatalities were aboard the USS ARIZONA.
The Arizona Memorial is built in Pearl Harbor stands on pillars driven into the bottom of the harbor and just above the sunken USS Arizona. On December 7, 1941 the ship was sunk and 1,177 men were killed. More than 900 of those men are entombed within the wreck so the Memorial and the remains of the ship which are still visible at the water line so it serves as both tomb and tombstone. The names of the 1,177 men are enscribed in stone inside the memorial. Also, in a profound expression of the solidarity of the men serving on the Arizona at the time of its sinking, some two dozen survivors who have since died are entombed in the ship as well. If such is their wish, urns containing their ashes are taken by divers to be entombed there. The names of some two dozen of these men are also enscribed in stone inside the memorial. The design of the structure is a swooping shape somewhat reminiscent of a ship and is said to symbolize the low and high points of Americas defeat and eventual victory.
There is a 23 minute film at the visitor's center which is well worth seeing. There is also a small museum there as well as a gift shop.