Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast
In Memory of the Crew of the U.S.S. Arizona (BB39)
The Arizona's modified signal mast was used until the armory was razed in 1980. It was offered to the city of Lorain, but was refused. In order to save the mast from destruction, Cdr. Keyes obtained authorization from the Navy for Brenne H. Donofrio, a naval engineer to take possession of it. Nick A. Donofrio, the father of Brenne H. Donofrio was a close friend of Adm.
Robert Manzetti, a retired rairoad engineer from Ohio, learned of the mast while visiting his daughter who lived near Lorain. Mr. Manzetti and Dr. Earl L. Field, a professor at Arizona College of the Bible and both residents of Glendale, Arizona formed the U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast Committee. The Committee purchased the mast, transported it to Arizona and erected it here in Wesley Bolin Plaza. It was dedicated and donated to the State of Arizona on December 7, 1990. All funds and work on the mast came from private donations.
"I was told to be very careful in its installation as it was valuable to the men who gave their lives defending it" Allen A. Perhach
U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast Committee Robert Manzetti - Earl Field James Walker - Calvin Brice - Michael Aicone
Grateful Acknowledgement to Adobe Sandblasting - Almond & Stephens Architects - The Arizona Republic (newspaper) Arizona College of the Bible - Arizona Sign Assoc. - Central Arizona Trophy Dealers Assoc. - Karsten Manufacturing Corp. KTSP-TV Ch. 10 - Martin Bergan - Port-A-Fab Wielding - Snow & Assoc. Engineering R.J. Carli Engineering - Swift Transportation Co. - Thos. Manzetti Painting Humana - Arizona Skilled Building Trade Unions and Apprentices
Erected 1990 by U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1873.
Location. 33° 26.888′ N, 112° 5.628′ W. Marker is in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker can be reached from West Washington Street. Marker is located at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 West Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arizona World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Arizona Korean War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Albert Braun O.F.M. (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); Jewish War Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Navajo Code Talkers (about 400 feet away); Arizona's Pioneer Women (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenix.
Additional keywords. Battleship Row, Day of Infamy, Tora Tora Tora, Patriotism, Battleships
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