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University of Arizona in Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

U.S.S. Arizona 1916 - Wilber L. "Bill" Bower U of A Outstanding Achievement Awards

 
 
U.S.S. Arizona 1916 - Wilber L. "Bill" Bower U of A Outstanding Achievement Awards Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rachel Aschmann, April 12, 2010
1. U.S.S. Arizona 1916 - Wilber L. "Bill" Bower U of A Outstanding Achievement Awards Marker
Inscription.  The bell in this clock tower is one of the two original ship's bells salvaged from the battleship U.S.S. Arizona following the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. In 1944, Wilber L. "Bill" Bowers, UA Class of 1927, discovered the bell about to be melted down at the Puget Sound Naval Yard in Bremerton, Washington. Bowers was instrumental in saving the bell from destruction and in acquiring the bell for the University of Arizona.

On November 17, 1951 the bell was rung for the first time in the clock tower of the then-new Memorial Student Union. The bell was rung on special occasions for the next 50 years until that clock tower and Student Union were razed to make way for the present day facility completed in 2002.

The bell was installed in this clock tower on August 16, 2002. Bowers, at the age of 99, was given he honor of ringing the bell for the first time in it's new belfry on September 11, 2002. This bell is rung seven times on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:07 p.m. in honor of the brave Marines and Sailors who gave their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and to honor the outstanding achievements
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of the University of Arizona and it's community. The following individuals have been selected by the Student Union's Advisory Council to have the bell rung in their honor.

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Erected 2002 by USS Arizona Reunion Association and the Arizona Student Unions.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 2002.
 
Location. 32° 13.928′ N, 110° 57.14′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. It is in University of Arizona. Marker can be reached from East University Boulevard. Marker is located at the University of Arizona Student Union. This area is accessable only by walking. Mountain Avenue goes north from the Student Union. The bell is in a tower on the south side of the Student Union overlooking the campus mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1212 E University Blvd, Tucson AZ 85719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Arizona Mall Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Main (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); University Streetcar Line (approx. ¼ mile away); Bicentennial Moon Tree (approx. 0.3 miles
U.S.S. Arizona Bell Tower and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rachel Aschmann, May 11, 2010
2. U.S.S. Arizona Bell Tower and Marker
Marker can be seen mounted on the bell tower.
away); John Campbell Greenway (approx. 0.3 miles away); George E. P. Smith Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cannon-Douglass Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eusebio Francisco Kino, S. J. (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
More about this marker. The marker is at the bottom of the bell tower on the south side of the Student Union as you come out of the main north/south walkway.
 
USS Arizona Bell Tower and Marker <i>on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 2, 2017
3. USS Arizona Bell Tower and Marker on the left
USS Arizona Mall Memorial is at he right.
USS Arizona Bell image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 2, 2017
4. USS Arizona Bell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2010, by Rachel Aschmann of Camas, Washington. This page has been viewed 3,682 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2010, by Rachel Aschmann of Camas, Washington.   3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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