USS Arizona, United States Navy
December 7, 1941, the date which still lives in infamy.
75 years ago, Japanese fighter planes bombed the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in one of the most devastating attacks in American history. In a little less than two hours, 2,402 people were killed, more than half of them were sailors and Marines aboard the battleship USS Arizona. The USS Arizona was bombarded four times by Japanese bombers and was damaged beyond repair. The wreckage still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor just off the coast of Ford Island and serves as the final resting place for many of the ship’s crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
The attack was a “date which will live in infamy,” as President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it on December 8, 1941 drew the United States into WWII.
On December 1, 1942, the ship was stricken from the registry of US Navy vessels. No other US warship will ever be named USS Arizona again out of respect to the fallen vessel. On May 30, 1962 the USS Arizona Memorial site was dedicated to all those that died during the attack. Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to create a national memorial and thanks in no small part to Elvis Presley who raised more than 10 percent of the USS Arizona Memorial’s final cost by performing a benefit that raised over $50,000.
A total of 2,335 sailors, soldiers, and marines died as a result of the attack, as well as 68 civilians.