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 OS2U-3  1-0-1  USS Arizona Sept 1941

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 OS2U – 3  1-0-3  USS Arizona Sept 1941

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 OS2U-3  1-0-3  ISS Arozpma Se[t 1941

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 Picture reads:  Declassified Per Executive Order 12958, Sec. 3.5, DoD Directive 5200.30, March 21, 1983.

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 Picture reads:  Declassified per NND 868129
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 Picture reads:  Declassified Per Executive Order 12958, Sec. 3.5, DoD Directive 5200.30, March 21, 1983.
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 Picture reads:  Declassified Per Executive Order 12958, Sec. 3.5, DoD Directive 5200.30 March 21, 1983.

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Declassified Per Executive Order 12958, Sec. 3.5. DoD Directive 5200.30, March 21, 1983.
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Picture reads:  Declassified Per Executive Order 12958, Sec. 3.5, DoD Directive 5200.30, March 21, 1983.

Bottom right corner reads:  USS Arizona (BB39) – Salvage Lifting underwater wreckage aft of Conning Tower Foundation.  4-19-43    2229-43

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  Aerial view of the hull of the battleship Arizona (BB 39) taken during the 1950’s construction of the USS Arizona Memorial.

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 View of the early stages of construction of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor in the 1950″s.

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USS Arizona Memorial

Approaching the Memorial from the parking lot, looking east.

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The USS Arizonal Memorial located to the east of the State Capitol building in Phoenix.  The distance for the Flag poles to the markers to the west approximate the lengths of the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri.

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Standing next to the anchor looking west is the 16 inch main gun from the USS Missouri is on the right.  The 14 inch gun from the USS Arizona is on the left.

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The memorial reads:

Arizona’s World War Memorial:  Guns to Salute the Fallen

World WarII began for the United States with a surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ended in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.  The two most striking reminders of these events are the sinking of the USS Arizona and the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.

As a tribute to all the United States service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom during World War II, a 14-inch gun barrel from the USS Arizona and a 16-inch barrel from the USS Missoouri serve as two visible bookends to the conflict.  Between the gun barrels, steel pillars in the shape of a battleship hull honor the 1,902 Arizona men and women from various branches of the military who died in the war.

The 14-inch gun barrel from the USS Arizona, barrel #41L3, was not on the ship at the time of the sinking.  It had been relined, then placed on the USS Nevada and participated in D-Day and Operation Dragoon.

The 16-inch gun barrel from the USS Missouri saw service at Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

From the center flagpole east of the anchor, looking west to the first marker (BB-39) is 608 feet.  It represents the length of the USS Arizona from bow to stern.

From the center flagpole east of the anchor, looking west to the second marker (BB-63) is 887 feet 3 inches.  It represents the length of the USS Missouri from bow to stern.

The nine sets of blue steel pillars represent the nine minutes it took for the USS Arizona to sink after being hit by bombs from Japanese aircraft.

Hon. Ken Bennett, Secretary of State 12/7/2013

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 Anchor from the USS Arizona

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