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Dec 7th being a few days away ...

Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:15 pm

... I know it's not directly about warbirds but rather a battleship, (there are a couple OS2U photos) but if you need a connection? well perhaps we wouldn't have as many warbirds, or even any at all, if it weren't for the sinking of the USS Arizona? just a thought ... Photo source: All the posted photos in this thread, unless stated otherwise, came from commons-Wikimedia.org

So I hope ya all don't mind a thread to once again remember the Arizona, the veterans and Pearl Harbor day. The PH veterans earned it. All of them did.
So here's some interesting photos showing the USS Arizona from festive beginning to tragic end. Most have a bit of info to go along with them.

USS Arizona Navy Yard New York c 1915

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USS Arizona at Guantanamo c 1920

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USS Arizona in 1927

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USS Arizona in 1930

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USS Arizona after 1931 modernization

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

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OS2U-31-0-3 USS Arizona Sept 1941

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OS2U-31-0-3 USS Arizona Sept 1941

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Aerial view of the hull of the battleship Arizona (BB 39) taken during the 1950s prior to the 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 taken during the 1950s.

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Last edited by Mark Allen M on Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:48 pm

Fantastic Mark. I have never seen those before. It is a part of history, Thanks for sharing.

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:55 pm

Interesting pictures of Arizona I hadn't seen before - thanks Mark! FDR is in there as the Asst. Sec of the Navy.

One of the USS Arizona's bells is in the bell tower at the University of Arizona, which is rung every December 7. I attended a few of the events when I was a student there.

I'm planning to meet with Col. Robert Thacker this Sunday to do a video interview. He was flying one of B-17E's that flew into Pearl Harbor that fateful morning. He flew 49 missions in the Pacific and 31 more in the 8thAF, 384th Bomb Group as the group's Deputy CO.
Chris

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:10 pm

Here is the USS Arizona 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.
Approaching the Memorial from the Parking lot, looking East
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Standing next to the Anchor looking West, the 16in main gun from the USS Missouri is on the right, the 14in gun from the USS Arizona is on the left
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Placards for the USS Missouri
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Signal Mast from the USS Arizona, it was located at the top of the Aft Mast tower, it is located in the approximate location from the bow.
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14in Gun from the USS Arizona, on Dec 7, this gun was mounted on the USS Nevada, it was originally fitted on the Arizona and removed for overhaul before being installed on the Nevada.
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16in gun from the USS Missouri
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Placards about the USS Arizona
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The Anchor from the USS Arizona
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Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:18 pm

No "slack" here....this thread has already posted more information about this significant date than will be shown on all the major American news outlets on the date itself....CARRY ON!

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Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:35 pm

Is it true that Elvis Presley privately paid for the current Arizona Memorial atop the hull?
VL

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:41 pm

He did a concert that the money raised went to build the memorial.

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:47 pm

The answer to your question is answered in detail here:

http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pic ... 3vxU2.dpbs

In short his 1961 concert raised a little over 10% of the necessary 500k required. He did not perform "on the hull".

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:31 am

TriangleP wrote:Interesting pictures of Arizona I hadn't seen before - thanks Mark! FDR is in there as the Asst. Sec of the Navy.

One of the USS Arizona's bells is in the bell tower at the University of Arizona, which is rung every December 7. I attended a few of the events when I was a student there.

I'm planning to meet with Col. Robert Thacker this Sunday to do a video interview. He was flying one of B-17E's that flew into Pearl Harbor that fateful morning. He flew 49 missions in the Pacific and 31 more in the 8thAF, 384th Bomb Group as the group's Deputy CO.
Chris


Wow. I had first read about Thacker in Dale Smith's memoirs "Screaming Eagle"...I'm sure you have a copy. It's probably well within my top 10 favorite books on World War II and then learned he was also on the flight of B-17s that literally stumbled right into the middle of a war. Hope your interview goes well and would love to see the completed product.

Mark: Thanks again for digging up some real unique gems. I think most of us here are pretty well versed on the topic and have seen most of the previously published pictures at one point or another. It's definitely a real thrill to see something new and different.

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:40 am

Always welcome fellas. It's a pleasure to try to post rare and/or unique stuff. I was hesitant to post 'boat pics' on a 'plane site' ... But just had to do it as the 7th of December is always a special date for many of us regardless of passions for boats or planes. It's a day to honor and remember them both and those who manned them.

I have some more good stuff coming ....

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Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:19 am

Speaking of Dec. 7 - any other WIXers share a Dec. 7 birthday? Having a birthday on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is one of the reasons I first became interested in WWII history.

Keep those pics coming, Mark! :drink3:

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Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:44 am

great stuff - there are a lot of photos I had not seen before of the aftermath and reclamation of the Arizona.

Tom P.

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Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:30 am

Great shots, appraciated. I work less than a mile from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth VA, so especially appreciated the shots from that shipyard in 1931. I can see the Wisconsin from my office window. Some of the ways, buildings and water towers at the shipyard are still there and look exactly the same. Large cranes have been swapped out, but they are currently debating what to do with the giant, very distinctive hammerhead crane (not pictured). Was used for major turret assemblies such as barrels etc in WWII. Some want a historical designation, others say scrap it.

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:59 am

Thanks Mark!

V.

Re: Dec 7th being a few days away, can ya cut me some slack?

Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:44 am

Zachary wrote:Speaking of Dec. 7 - any other WIXers share a Dec. 7 birthday? Having a birthday on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is one of the reasons I first became interested in WWII history.

Keep those pics coming, Mark! :drink3:


My eldest son's birthday is on the 7th of December and my youngest's is June 6th. I have no excuse for forgetting their birthdays.

Great pictures Mark!
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