Often, somewhere I’ve never been before leaves me speechless when I see it for the first time. The USS Arizona Memorial is one of those solemn places that is both beautiful and sad at the same time. On December 7, 1941 at 7:48am, Japan surprise attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft were sent in two waves. 19 U.S. Navy ships were damaged or sunk. The USS Arizona is the final resting place of 1177 sailors & Marines. In all, 2403 people lost their lives that day.
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The USS Arizona Memorial. Honolulu, HI. March 16, 2018. Nikon D600, full spectrum conversion by Life Pixel Infrared, 15-35mm w/a Super Blue filter attached @ f8, ISO 1000 @ 1/800. Post processed by Adobe Lightroom CC. Cross Processed by DxO Filmpack.
December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was one of the battleships which sank in the bay with all its crew on board. The crew still rests in the remains and the oil still leaking from the boat is said to be the tears of the sailors who perished that day. Thousands of soldiers, sailors and civilians died at Pearl Harbor. The memorial is a token of gratitude to all of them for their sacrifice.
This past December, on Remembrance Day, the late Joseph Leon George, a Navy Sailor during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was finally recognized for his bravery on December 7, 1941. He rescued 6 sailors from the burning USS Arizona that day, but it wasn’t until 76 years later, after dozens of letters and phone calls to lawmakers and an eventual request to the White House, that the Navy honored George with a Bronze Star with V device for Valor on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. George had passed in 1996, but it was a great honor for his family to see their hero receive the recognition he so deserves.
One of the most haunting and secluded memorials at Pearl Harbor is to the USS Utah. The former battleship had been reclassified as a target ship, stripped of main guns and used to train anti-aircraft gunners. On December 7, 1941, some of the attacking Japanese did not know this, however, and fired six torpedoes at her, two of which found their marks. The Utah capsized at her berth, taking 58 crew members with her. Starting in November 1943, efforts were made to right the ship and salvage the hull, but they were not successful, and Utah was left partially rolled over in the mud; the relics of this can still be seen, as snarled and rusted cables cover the wreck. The remains of the sailors inside were never recovered, and it remains a war grave. Unlike the USS Arizona Memorial, Utah’s is rarely visited, as it is inaccessible to the general public. Located on the far side of Ford Island on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, there is no way to reach the memorial without a military pass. Thanks so much to the staff of @battleshipmissouri for taking us to this special place.
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