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Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Fall and Rise of the Fleet

 
 
Fall and Rise of the Fleet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 1991
1. Fall and Rise of the Fleet Marker
Inscription. More than two thousand Americans were killed on December 7, 1941, almost half of them aboard USS Arizona. Military installations around the island were attacked and nineteen ships were sunk, beached, or badly damaged. Hundreds of Navy and Army planes were destroyed. In spite of this, the U.S. Pacific Fleet rebounded with remarkable speed.

Rescue operations soon evolved into a monumental salvage effort. Within a year, most of the ships damaged in the attack were returned to duty. Only USS Arizona, USS Utah, and USS Oklahoma were damaged beyond repair.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, planner of the attack, feared that the Japanese had “awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.” The day after the attack, Congress declared war on Japan. In the course of that war, nearly all of the 31 Japanese ships of the Pearl Harbor strike force were sunk.

(Inscription under the image on the right)
Oil fires plagued USS West Virginia after she was sunk by aerial torpedoes. USS Tennessee, also damaged, is moored along side Tennessee was repaired within two weeks. West Virginia was raised, repaired, and returned to duty in 1944. She later won five battle stars, and steamed into Tokyo Bay to witness the Japanese surrender.
 
Erected by National Park Service US Department

Entrance to USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 1991
2. Entrance to USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center
of Interior.
 
Location. 21° 22.039′ N, 157° 56.375′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Arizona Memorial Plaza. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the ceremonial lawn of the USS Arizona Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Island of Oahu (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombers Over Battleship Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunday Morning (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearl Harbor Panorama-West (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearl Harbor Panorama-North (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Seawolf (SS-197) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); USS Swordfish (SS-193) (about 400 feet away); USS Tang (SS-306) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
 
Categories. DisastersWar, World II
 
USS Arizona Painting image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 1991
3. USS Arizona Painting
The painting is located inside the Visitor Center.
Sunken USS Arizona with oil still flowing from the ship image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 1991
4. Sunken USS Arizona with oil still flowing from the ship
Sunken USS Arizona with oil still flowing from the ship image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 12, 2009
5. Sunken USS Arizona with oil still flowing from the ship
Bell-USS Arizona 1916 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 5, 1991
6. Bell-USS Arizona 1916
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 28, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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