Lying beneath the surface of the calm waters of Pearl Harbor, just outside downtown Honolulu are the remains of the USS Arizona and the more than 1,000 members of the boat's crew who lost their lives when it sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A stark white memorial rises out of the water above the sunken ship to commemorate the Arizona sailors and all of the civilians and servicemen and women who were killed on that "date which will live in infamy." Parts of the ship can be seen from the memorial, as well as dark slicks from the oil that still leaks from the ship more than 65 years later. The interior of the memorial displays the names of all the Arizona sailors who perished along with the names of crew members who survived the Pearl Harbor attack yet chose to be buried with their shipmates.
I am a park ranger at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (formerly named the USS Arizona Memorial National Memorial). Our story is now of the entire war in the Pacific. We host approximately 1.7 million people a year from all over the world. Our site is…
More about Pearl Harbor
Read more about What Lies Beneath
Magazine Article What Lies Beneath Want to find hidden treasures in the ocean or scuba dive through a shipwreck? The Submerged Resources Center is here to help.
Read more about Standing with the Emotion of History
Blog Post Standing with the Emotion of History Have you been to the USS Arizona in Hawaii where World War II began in the U.S.? Thank a park ranger for letting us all remember.
Read more about The Legacy of Fred Korematsu
Blog Post The Legacy of Fred Korematsu He fought against his forced internment and incarceration, all the way to the Supreme Court. Today, the Park Service helps interpret the dark history behind World War II relocation camps.