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Arizona World War II Memorial

Guns to Salute the Fallen

 
 
Arizona World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
1. Arizona World War II Memorial Marker
Inscription. World War II 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 Missouri serve as two visible bookends to this conflict. Between the gun barrels, steel pillars in the shape of a battleship hull honor the 1,902 Arizona men and women who died during World War II.

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.

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. 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
Arizona World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
2. Arizona World War II Memorial Marker
USS Arizona marker and 14-inch gun.
for the USS Arizona to sink after being hit by bombs from Japanese aircraft.

Hon. Ken Bennett, Secretary of State 12/7/2013
 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 33° 26.887′ N, 112° 5.62′ W. Marker is in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker can be reached from West Adams Street. Click for map. Marker is at the east side of Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Phoenix AZ 85007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast (a few steps from this marker); The Arizona Korean War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona's U.S.S. Arizona Memorial - In Memory of the Gallant Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Albert Braun O.F.M. (within shouting distance of this marker); Jewish War Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Memorial to Arizona Confederate Troops (about 300 feet away); Navajo Code Talkers (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Phoenix.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
USS Missouri and 16-inch Gun. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
3. USS Missouri and 16-inch Gun.
USS Arizona Marker and 14-inch Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
4. USS Arizona Marker and 14-inch Gun
USS Arizona 14-inch Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
5. USS Arizona 14-inch Gun
Arizona World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
6. Arizona World War II Memorial
Arizona World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
7. Arizona World War II Memorial
Arizona World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
8. Arizona World War II Memorial
Arizona World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
9. Arizona World War II Memorial
USS Arizona Statistics image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
10. USS Arizona Statistics
USS Arizona Statistics image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
11. USS Arizona Statistics
USS Missouri Statistics image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
12. USS Missouri Statistics
USS Missouri Statistics image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2014
13. USS Missouri Statistics
 
 
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