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USS ARIZONA December 7, 1941


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USS Arizona December 7, 1941



On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the American Fleet at Pearl Harbor
and surrounding military bases. The USS Arizona was a berth F7 alongside
Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The USS Vestal was tided outboard of the USS Arizona.
The Japanese attack began at approximately 7:55am and the USS Arizona along with
the other battleships on Battleship Row became the main targets. The men of the
USS Arizona went to general quarters and began to return anti-aircraft fire at the
Japanese attackers. At approximately 8:06am a formation of Japanese high altitude
bombers appeared over Battleship Row flying in a V-formation. The first flight to
drop bombs on the USS Arizona was from the Japanese Aircraft Carrier Kaga. This
flight scored one hit that ricocheted off of turret number four piercing the deck
and exploding in the Captain's pantry. It is possible that this flight also scored
two hits on the port side anti-aircraft deck. The second flight appeared approximately
four minutes later and these planes were from the Japanese Aircraft Carrier Hiryu. These
planes also flew in a V-formation over Battleship Row. A bomb hit from this flight
penetrated the deck just forward of turret two on the starboard side. The detonation
of this bomb ignited the forward powder magazine causing a massive explosion that
destroyed the ship. This explosion and ensuing fire would claim the lives of 1177
men of the USS Arizona.



Films of the USS ARIZONA under attack


Survivor Stories


Action Reports from the USS Arizona, Naval Historical Center web site.
USS Arizona Survivor Reports

USS Arizona Casualties list from the National Park Service, USS Arizona Memorial web site.
Casualty Lists


Photos courtesy of the National Park Service Arizona Memorial, University of Arizona, Arizona State Capitol Museum and personal collections.


 

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