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BB-39 USS ARIZONA


Pennsylvania Class Battleship: Displacement 31,400 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 6" (oa) x 97' 1" x 29' 10" (Max). Armament 12 x 14"/45 14 x 5"/51, 4 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Turrets, 3" +2" Decks, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 34,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 915.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, March 16, 1914. Launched June 19, 1915. Commissioned October 17, 1916. Decommissioned (War Loss). Stricken December 1, 1942.
Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft during attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7 1941. Arizona still rests in the berth where she sank. A Memorial to her crew was built over the wreck in 1962. 1,177 Officers and Men were lost with the ship and remain on duty inside her rusting hulk. The wreck is still bleeding fuel oil, more than 70 years after her sinking.

In Memorium:

In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 19th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S. sailors who died defending their county:

"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay..."
Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
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Keel Laying / Commissioning
1914 - 1916

BB-38 Pennsylvania241k"Proposed B.S. 38 & 39 ... Sketch G".
Preliminary design plan prepared for the General Board during consideration of designs for Battleships #s 38 & 39, which became the Pennsylvania class (BB-38 / 39). This plan, dated 14 February 1912, provides twelve 14-inch guns, turbine machinery and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 630 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 93 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 31,300 tons. The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # S-584-010.
BB-39 Arizona624kWORK ON BATTLESHIP TO COMMENCE SOON
Secretary Daniels Orders New York Navy Yard to Begin on (BB-39)
LARGEST SHIP IN THE NAVY
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 13 June 1913, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona717kLaying Keel of Battleship Number 39, Arrival of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Others: 16 March 1914. Photo # job-10-a2-131-0004-00009_AC. ARC Identifier 6038115 / MLR Number HS1-101863241, National Archives at New York, New York, NY.
Item from Record Group 181: Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, 1784 - 2000, courtesy of Michael Horsley via Finding FDR in the Brooklyn Navy Yard: An example of “One NARA” at work."
BB-39 Arizona841kLaying Keel of Battleship Number 39, Nailing of the Horseshoe. Photo # job-10-a2-131-0004-00011_AC. ARC Identifier 6038116 / MLR Number HS1-101863241, National Archives at New York, New York, NY.
Item from Record Group 181: Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, 1784 - 2000.
BB-39 Arizona1.01k16 March 1914 photo of the keel being laid for the Arizona (BB-39). Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 17 March 1914, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona1.36kAssistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt watches the laying of keel No. 39 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 16 March 1914. This ship would later be commissioned as the Arizona (BB-39). Photo 5737577988_587e19e43c_o courtesy of flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona63k16 March 1914 photo of the keel being laid for the Arizona (BB-39). USN photo, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona604kKEEL LAYING OF WORLD'S BIGGEST WARSHIP, NAVAL CONSTRUCTOR AND THE NEW YORK (BB-34).
The keel of the largest battleship in the world, known officially as No. 39 of the United States navy, has been laid at the Brooklyn navy yard, and work is being pushed so as to complete the great fighter within ten months. No. 39, which will likely be christened North Carolina, is 608 feet long and 31,000 tons burden. Her main battery will consist of twelve fourteen-inch guns, two more than the New York, the latest super-dreadnought to be finished for Uncle Sam at the same yards, and which will have her trial tests within the next month. Naval Constructor Robert Stocker, who has charge of No. 39 and under whose direction the New York was built, says the Brooklyn navy yard is setting a record for battleship construction in point of time.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 20 March 1914, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona64k2 April 1914 photo of the Arizona (BB-39) construction. The raised floors that will support the machinery is easily visible here. Fuel storage tanks will be constructed under this platform.USN photo, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona62k3 May 1914 photo of the Arizona (BB-39) being constructed. The inner side of the torpedo protection system, the holding bulkhead is visible.USN photo, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona63k2 June 1914 photo of the Arizona (BB-39) being constructed. Machinery spaces bulkhead construction has begun.USN photo, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona1.57kBattleship 39 latest and greatest of the Unites States superdreadnoughts, on which the department saved $800,000 by care in awarding contracts.Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 21 June 1914, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Image 38, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona73k 2 July 1914 photo of the Arizona's (BB-39) construction. Bulkheads for the machinery spaces are in place.USN photo, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona609kArizona (BB-39) rises on the stocks, 20 April 1915. Photo # 7466725282_d83f187103_o_zps18a9dadb courtesy of warbirds.com via Ron Reeves.
BB-39 Arizona131kArizona (BB-39) on 21 April 1915. Digital ID # ggbain 18886v, LC-B2-3447-13. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-39 Arizona599kMotor crane.Photo # 7466726104_5ac4972d0c_o_zps3002e132 courtesy of warbirds.com via Ron Reeves.
BB-39 Arizona905kRudder of Great Warship, and Her Sponsor.Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC.
Photo from The Intelligencer. (Anderson, S.C.) 1915-1917, 12 June 1915, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona627kArizona's (BB-39) rudder.LOC Photo # 5948036838_5d6f5aec26_q courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona607kArizona's (BB-39) launching party.Photo # 8103232857_cc2048cc3b_o_zps31d8b663 courtesy of warbirds.com via Ron Reeves.
BB-39 Arizona53kThe delegation from Arizona at the launch of Arizona (BB-39). Miss Esther Ross in holding the christening bottles and halyard. The man visible behind her hat is Governor of Arizona, George Hunt.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona417k Arizona (BB-39) nearly ready for launching, 18 June 1915, with much of her underwater hull visible. One of her torpedo tubes is visible just above the outboard propeller shaft. A pair of similar tubes forward were deleted during construction. USN photo, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona486k Arizona (BB-39) nearly ready for launching, 18 June 1915, with much of her underwater hull visible. Also visible are the unusual bilge keels which consisted of two separate sections; what appears to be another keel below the after bilge keel is a docking keel, to help support the ship in drydock. All ten 5-inch casemates are clearly visible. USN photo courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona1.98kREADY FOR LAUNCHING OF THE ARIZONA (BB-39) TODAY
Miss Esther Ross, Sponsor of the battleship Arizona. Left to right: Miss Salee King; and Miss Eva Behn of Phoenix, maids of honor to Miss Ross.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 19 June 1915, Image 14, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona2.21kHere's the New Battleship Arizona (BB-39) Which Will Be Launched TodayImage and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo from Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 19 June 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona1.36kHot day in June (notice the many umbrellas) while the crowd witnesses Miss Esther Ross, Sponsor of the battleship Arizona arrive.LOC photo # 5948036838_5d6f5aec26_q courtesy of Ron Revees.
BB-39 Arizona597kNo room to spare around the Arizona's (BB-39) launching.USN photo courtesy of courtesy of Ron Revees.
BB-39 Arizona585kArizona's port craddle aft, 19 June 1915.LOC Photo # 5558018404_24032ff866_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona85kHats off on the Arizona's (BB-39) launching. Photo courtesy of flickr via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona27kThe obverse of the Launch Tag for the Arizona (BB-39) on 19 June 1915. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona38kThe reverse of the Launch Tag for the Arizona (BB-39) on 19 June 1915. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona2.26kARIZONA (BB-39), GREATEST BATTLESHIP IN THE U.S. NAVY, LAUNCHED; SPONSOR'S WINE SPATTERS GAILY; WATER FLASK FAILS TO SMASH
THE superdreadnought Arizona taking the water at the New York Navy Yard yesterday. The great hull had almost cleared the launching ways when the photograph was snapped. Before the ship began her slide to the water the bow touched the edge of the launching stand, seen in the fore-ground. Below is a snapshot of the launching party, left to right: Miss Eva Behn of Phoenix, Ariz., one of the maids of honor; Mrs. Josephus Daniels. Secretary of the Navy Daniels, Gov. Hunt of Arizona (wearing a cloth cap) and Mis Esther Ross of Prescott, Ariz., who christened the big fighter.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 20 June 1915, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona880kNO Hoodoo ON UNCLE SAMS BIGGEST BATTLESHIP; THE CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE BROKE, THE WATER BOTTLE DIDN'T.
The Arizona (BB-39), largest and most heavily armed battleship, leaving the ways in the Brooklyn Navy Yard yesterday.
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 20 June 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona978kArizona (BB-39), World's Mightiest Super-dreadnought, Launched, as Thousands at Navy Yard Cheer Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 20 June 1915, Image 10 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-38 Pennsylvania1.90kLaunching of American Battleships of Latest Types
The U.S. DREADNOUGHT PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38), OF LARGEST AND MOST POWERFUL CLASS STARTING DOWN THE WAYS TO THE WATERS OF NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA MARCH 16, 1915.
THE AMERICAN DREADNOUGHT ARIZONA (BB-39) OF 32,000 TONS TAKING THE WATER. SHE WAS THE FIRST FIGHTING SHIP BUILT FOR ANY NATION EQUIPPED WITH THE ELECTRIC DRIVE.
Photos by Bain News Service & International News Service.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, Page 361 from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona3.64kArizona's (BB-39) launch, 19th June 1915.
Members of the launching party on the grandstand, with the prow of the Arizona (BB-39) in the background. In the group left to right are: Misses Eva Behn and Salee King. Maids of Honor; Miss Esther Ross, Sponsor: Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, Miss Marie Farroll, Maid of Honor; Governor George W. P. Hunt of Arizona, and Mrs. Ross, Mother of the Sponsor.
Panoramic view of the crowd visiting the Arizona and the super-dreadnought Arkansas (BB-33) after the launching.
Photo by Gorodess from Underwood & Underwood & text from the N.Y. Times, 27 June 1915, page 1, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona78kLAUNCH AMERICA'S GREATEST WARSHIP
BATTLESHIP ARIZONA (BB-39), SISTER SHIP OF THE SUPER DREADNOUGHT PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38), SLIDING INTO THE WATER AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD LAST SATURDAY. BELOW A PICTURE OF MISS ESTHER ROSS OF PRESTON, ARIZONA, AS SHE SMASHED THE BOTTLE OF ROOSEVELT DAM WATER AGAINST THE SHIP AND CHRISTENED HER.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times.(Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 24 June 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona164k A primer-red Arizona (BB-39) slides out into the East River, towards the Williamsburg Bridge as two tugboats move her out after her launching on 19th June 1915.USN photo & text courtesy of ibiblio.org via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona594kArizona's (BB-39) launch, 19th June 1915.LOC photo # 5948038706_499fb8ee6a_q courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona633kThe bunting unfurls as the Arizona (BB-39) is waterbourne, surrounded by her helping tugs.LOC photo # 5947484005_e08cc784f1_q courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona815kEleven helping holds surround the Arizona (BB-39) after her launch, 19th June 1915.LOC photo # 5557434905_c04f65bcac_q courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona699kUNCLE SAM HAS REAL QUEENS' OF THE SEA
U. S. Dreadnoughts, Arizona (BB-39) and Pennsylvania (BB-38) Will Spurn Submarines
They Have Armor Protection and Armament So Great That Undersea Craft Will Be Rendered Ineffective Against Them
Last Word In Naval Construction After Lessons Of the Present European War
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard.(Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 17 July 1915, 4 P.M. CITY EDITION, MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona675kPLAN TO DOUBLE PRESENT ANGLE OF FIRE ON AMERICAN BATTLESHIPSImage and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 03 September 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona789kA drawing of the Arizona (BB-39) in a work of fiction.Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 29 April 1916, 4 P.M. CITY EDITION, Image 13, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona838kBase of Arizona's (BB-39) cage mast before the search lights were placed.LOC Photo # 5947485055_988be84b7e_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona746kThe Great Superdreadnought Arizona (BB-39). Photo by E. Mueller Jr., contributed by Roy C. Thomas.
BB-39 Arizona869kCage mast & old glory.
The battleship in the background is either Florida (BB-30) or the Utah (BB-31) (both funnels are between the masts).
LOC Photo # 5558019896_4ed1a53045_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona728kView of the cage mast with Marines and the ship's company manning the rails. LOC Photo # 5557436253_a094cf7639_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona741kARIZONA (BB-39) IN NAVY; 3 OTHERS RETIRED
Capt. John D. McDonald of the Arizona is in the insert.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 18 October 1916, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona531kThe super-dreadnought Arizona (BB-39), latest addition to the Atlantic fleet and one cf the most powerful ships in the world, has just entered the service of Uncle Sam, fully, manned and ready for action. This addition to the Navy is far from a clear gain in strength, however, since it was necessary to strip three other battleships of their crews and place them in reserve to find a full complement of men for the new fighter. The 911 men who make up the crew of the Arizona were formerly on the Vermont (BB-20), the Kansas (BB-21) and the New Hampshire (BB-25). Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 20 October 1916, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona620kWORLD'S MOST POWERFUL SEA-FIGHTER IS MADE U. S. NAVAL UNIT
Fourteen-inch guns of the Arizona (BB-39) seen from different angles, and Captain McDonald.
The battleship Arizona, which with her sister ship the Pennsylvania (BB-38) enjoys the distinction of being the world's most powerful sea-fighter has just been made naval unit. She carries twelve 14 inch guns, which are declared by naval officer to be superior to the 15-inch guns of the Queen Elizabeth, Great Britain's greatest dreadnought.
Image and text provided by Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, KS.
Photo from The Topeka State Journal. (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, 23 October 1916, HOME EDITION, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-20 Vermont 716k WAKING UP TO REALITIES AFTER JOSEPHUS DANIEL'S DREAM
The battleship New Hampshire (BB-25), idle now for lack of a crew.
The battleship Vermont (BB-20), which was sent to the "graveyard" that her crew might help man the super-dreadnought Arizona (BB-39), pictured above.
The Kansas (BB-21), another useful fighting ship sent to the "graveyard".
Grave Doubts Cast Upon Secretary's Statement That the Efficiency of Navy Has Been Increased
Another Side to Story of Trading the Super-dreadnought Arizona for Three Old Battleships
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 29 October 1916, SECTION 5 SPECIAL FEATURE SUPPLEMENT, Image 52, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona97kBow view of the Arizona (BB-39) probably fitting out with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.
Digital ID # ggbain 23065v, LC-B2-4026-5. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-39 Arizona397kTwo views of the ship in the East River, New York City, at the time of her trials, circa mid-1916. Arizona (BB-39) is accompanied by many tugs, and has small pine trees mounted in her mast tops. Tug Hudson (AT) is in the lower center. USNHC # NH 94785 photographed by Enrique Muller, Jr.
Photograph by Edward M. Mitchell courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-39 Arizona2.80k The Arizona (BB-39) leaving Brooklyn Navy Yard on her shakedown cruise. As completed, the ship had very little superstructure and a small bridge. Rangefinders are visible atop both masts. The mast mounted radio antennae have been lowered for passage under the East River bridges. The Panama Canal and the height of the East River bridges set the size limitations for United States battleships through the WW II era Iowa class (BB-61-64).
A higher resolution photo from "Our Navy", published by the L.H. Nelson Co., Portland, Maine in 1917, is available here.
Text contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
Photo by Brown Brothers from "Our Navy", published by the L.H. Nelson Co., Portland, Maine in 1917, courtesy of David Johnston (USNR).
BB-39 Arizona 876kCommissioning ceremonies on the Arizona (BB-39) on 17 October 1916. Library of Congress photo LC-B2-4026-9, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona673kThe Arizona (BB-39) in commission; 17 October 1916. Library of Congress photo LC-DIG-ggbain-23070, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona417k"The ceremonies aboard a ship in commission when the ensign is raised and lowered are most impressive. At morning "colors" the band plays the national anthem and the flag is hoisted smartly. All officers face the ensign and salute and the guard of the day and the sentries present arms. At sunset "colors" the ensign is lowered slowly and with dignity as the national anthem is played all officers and enlisted men facing the colors and saluting".
View from the stern of the Arizona (BB-39) during her commissioning ceremony on 17 October 1916 in New York.
Hi-Res-Photo by Paul Thompson from the book "Flags Of The World", by McCandless and Grosvenor, published in 1917 by the National Geographic Society and submitted by John Chiquoine.
Hi-res photo courtesy of Dan Wilmes.
BB-39 Arizona241kA fully armed Arizona (BB-39) with civilians on deck is showed in the first year of her operational life.BuShips photo #19-N-6-19-28 via National Archives courtesy of David Buell.
BB-39 Arizona568kBOOM PROOFS ON THE FIGHTING MASTS OF THE ARIZONA (BB-39) IS THE LATEST NAVAL WRINKLEPhoto by Underwood & Underwood.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 14 November 1916, Night Extra, Image 18 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona574kBest view onboard the Arizona (BB-39), overlooking Lackawana Railroad pier.LOC photo # 5948038706_499fb8ee6a_q courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona 575kStern view of the Arizona (BB-39) showing the aft main guns, looking forward. Library of Congress photo LC-B2-4026-8, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona2.84k"The new American super-dreadnought Arizona (BB-39). Recently commissioned leaving New York for the first time to join the Atlantic Fleet on the high seas."
U. S. Fleet, Reviewed by President, Saved by American Woman Who Toyed With German Spies
Photo by Underwood & Underwood, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 19 November 1916, Page 2, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 05 May 1918, FINAL EDITION, Image 8 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Insert LOC photo # 5557435501_595a90655f_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona67kArizona (BB-39) poses for a post commissioning photo by N. Moser of N.Y., probably after she returned to her builders yard the day before Christmas of 1916 for post-shakedown overhaul to have her forward secondary guns removed.Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
1917 - 1931
BB-39 Arizona107kOil on canvas painting by the artist Stan Stokes entitled "Christmas in New York".
The Arizona (BB-39) enters the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1916.
Photo and text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-39 Arizona89k Arizona's (BB-39) Marine detachment in formation 1916. USN photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona131k"A Sack race".
Recreation on board a battleship, circa 1916-1917. This ship is either Pennsylvania (BB-38) or Arizona (BB-39).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106273. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
BB-38 Pennsylvania678k"SMOKELESS" U. S. BATTLESHIP GOING AT TOP SPEED
One of the efficiency tests of a warship fleet is to control oil and coal firing so as to make the least possible smoke. Excessive belching of smoke is now considered gross inefficiency on the part of the engineering force.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo by The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 02 April 1917, Final Edition, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona467kA brand new picture of the Arizona (BB-39), the latest dreadnought to join the Atlantic Fleet, hitting it up at a 16 knot clip in line of breast formation.
Below, another new photo of the Arizona coming bow on at full speed with guns trained for a starboard broadside.
Below and to the left, the Michigan (BB-27) with decks cleared for action. A striking an intimate picture that gives one a definite impression of this sea fighter's businesslike efficiency.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 2 December 1917, Image 59 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-38 Pennsylvania177k "U.S. Battleships in Line of Column led by one of the largest Super-dreadnoughts".
The battleship in the lead appears to be either the Pennsylvania (BB-38) or the Arizona (BB-39).
Photo by Central News Photo Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times Page 361 from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Atlantic Fleet58k"Armor piercing shells weighing half a ton or more apiece being loaded on an American Dreadnought that is preparing to sail for European waters."Photo by Central News Photo Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times Page 363 from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona770kCrewmen lift a torpedo aboard the Arizona (BB-39). She carried 4 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt. LOC Photo # 5558020812_bd4c6b302b_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona788kSteaming in formation with other Atlantic Fleet battleships, (either the Florida (BB-30) or Utah (BB-31) ) during gunnery practice, circa 1917.USNHC # NH 95244 now in the collections of the National Archives, Courtesy of H.E. Coffer.
BB-28 Delaware199k This rare oil painting by American artist Burnell Poole, "The 6th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet Leaving the Firth of Forth", is one of less than two dozen paintings owned by the Navy that depicts U.S. naval operations in World War One (WWI). After years of being considered a total loss by Navy Art Gallery curators it has been restored to near perfect condition. The entire process took several months, but the result is the total recovery of a painting that is sure to establish Burnell Poole's name among the best marine painters of the early 20th century.
The composition of the ships of the 6th Battle Squadron during their operational history, appearing in the painting in no particular order were: Delaware (BB-28), Florida (BB-30),Wyoming (BB-32), Arkansas (BB-33), New York (BB-34), Texas (BB-35), & Arizona (BB-39).
Photo and partial text courtesy of Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., File photo # N-0000X-001.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 09 June 1918, Image 36, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona67kCaptain John Daniel McDonald was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) from 17 September 1916 to 18 February 1918.Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona106kCaptain Josiah Slutts McKean was the Commanding Officer of the Arizona (BB-39) from February 1918 to 11 September 1918. Photo #15824v courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-38 Pennsylvania379kUnited States Marines and Sailors posing on unidentified ship (likely either the Pennsylvania (BB-38) or Arizona (BB-39)), in 1918. Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, via World War I in Photos: The War at Sea @ theatlantic.com
BB-39 Arizona93kCapt. John Havens Dayton was the commanding officer of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) from 11 September 1918 to 26 June 1920. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
Sixth Battle Squadron72kBattleships of the Sixth Battle Squadron (anchored in column in the left half of the photograph): included the
Florida (BB-30)
Utah (BB-31)
Wyoming (BB-32)
Arkansas (BB-33)
New York (BB-34)
Texas (BB-35)
Nevada (BB-36)
Oklahoma (BB-37)
Pennsylvania (BB-38)
& Arizona (BB-39) at one time or another.
There are only three of the battleships present in this photo at Brest, France, on 13 December 1918. George Washington (ID-3018), which had just carried President Woodrow Wilson from the United States to France, is in the right background. Photographed by Zimmer.
USNHC # NH 63454.
BB-39 Arizona147k Arizona (BB-39) off New York in December, 1918 showing early post-WW I modifications. These included windshields for the anti-torpedo secondary control positions, and an expanded, chart house included, bridge works. Wet 5" guns, both forward and aft, have been removed and she's armed with 3" guns on #3 turret and just forward of her forecastle break.USN photo contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona32k"The Arizona (BB-39) leading the returning home overseas fleet into New York Harbor through a snow storm and half a gale."Text & photo courtesy of Times Photo Service, N.Y. Times, 5 January 1919, Page 6, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
New York Harbor1.78k"American dreadnoughts & superdreadnoughts steaming into New York harbor 14 April 1919."
The Texas (BB-35) leads the procession with a airplane on her turret catapult. Note the escorting biplane.
The "escorting" aircraft is either a Curtiss HS-1 or HS-2 (note the single engine) can't tell which from the photo. The aircraft on a fly-off platform atop the No. 2 turret of the Texas is 1 of 6 Sopwith Camels purchased from Britain at the end of the war.
The platforms were a British concept designed to provide the fleet with an aircraft capable of reaching the high flying Zeppelins which the German Navy occasionally used as scouts. The Texas was the only US Battleship to be fitted with turret fly-off platforms while in Europe and was the test bed for this program in the US Navy. Not visible in this view is a stripped down (No fabric and no wings) Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter lashed atop the No. 3 Turret. The platforms were eventually mounted on all 14" gun BB's through the New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) class (with mixed reviews from their commanders) and carried either a Hanriot HD-1 or a Neiuport 28. Though equipped inflatable floats for water landings, this tended to do a lot of damage not the least of which was dowsing a hot engine in cold salt water. By 1920 a successful compressed air catapult was developed and were being mounted on the aft deck of all 4 turreted battleships and fly-off platforms were removed. The Texas and New York (BB-34), because of their 5 Turrets, lacked the deck space for the catapult and had to make do with a float plane (Vought VE-7) sitting on the aft deck which would be launched by lowering it over the side for a surface take-off.
If you look carefully at the photo you see the VE-7 on the deck and the A-frame hoist used for handling it.
Photo by Paul Thompson.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, page 481, from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
BB-38 Pennsylvania1.55kAmerican Fleet in Atlantic Waters That Has Upheld Navy Traditions.
"U.S. Battleships in Line of Column led by one of the largest Superdreadnoughts".

The battleship in the lead appears to be either the Pennsylvania (BB-38) or the Arizona (BB-39).
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, Page 361 from The War of the Nations (New York), 31 December 1919.
Photo by Central News Photo Service, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona401k"The leader Arizona (BB-39) passing 96th St. Pier in great naval review at N.Y. City. Ca. 1919." Photo by Paul Thompson, NARA FILE #: 165-WW-334A-4A, courtesy of Defense Visual Information Center, dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona617kArizona (BB-39) anchored, possibly on the Hudson after returning from Europe.LOC Photo # 5557435911_4dd804ab0d_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
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BB-39 Arizona1.09kU. S. Armada Steams Through the Panama Canal
The United States battleship Arizona (BB-39), one of the largest of the 175 vessels in the great fleet that is now on its way to San Francisco.
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
PDF courtesy of The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 29 July 1919, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-41 Mississippi 144k Arizona (BB-39) firing a salvo of 14" guns. Picture from the bridge of the Mississippi (BB-41). Photo circa late teen's - early 20's. Photo from collection of crewmember Reynold Oberg, submitted courtesy of his grandaughter Sherry Witt.
BB-39 Arizona140k Arizona (BB-39) around 1920. Wet guns are gone and ports plated over and October agonal searchlight platforms are higher up on the masts.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona229k 1 January 1920 photo of the Arizona (BB-39) at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The forward sections of both flying-off platforms have been removed, but their lower clamp supports are visible on the gun barrels.USN photo contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-36 1.46k A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled 'Into the Storm'.
This is my latest effort on the Battleship Nevada Centennial Project. It shows the Nevada in 1920 with sister ship Oklahoma (BB-37) and near sister Arizona (BB-39). Notice the 'Flying Off' platform atop turret 2. The platform folded out over the gun barrels and a wheeled aircraft would take off unassisted. The ship was unable to recover the plane so it would have to fly to a shore base to land. Starting in the mid-1920's compressed air launch catapults for floatplanes were added to all US battleships on their fantails. A light derrick type crane was added to the very stern to hoist the aircraft back aboard. In the the mid 1930's the compressed air catapult was replaced with a powder launch type (Which used a 5" powder charge). And a second catapult was added to the top of turret 3 and heavier crane added astern to handle the ever increasing weight of the aircraft carried. Early in WWII the catapult atop turret 3 was removed in all US battleships. In 1947 the USN cancelled the shipboard float plane program and removed the catapults from all ships. All three of the ships in this painting were sunk at Pearl Harbor and only Nevada was returned to service.
Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-39 Arizona579k A French built Nieuport aircraft is pictured on a wooden deck constructed atop a turret on the Arizona (BB-39) circa 1920. Photo courtesy of US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.253.7217.003 via Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona560k A French built Nieuport aircraft is pictured on a wooden deck constructed atop a turret.
Note the Arizona's (BB-39) bell behind the plane.
LOC Photo # 5557436845_82ea3c68ab_o-1 courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona421kNieuport 28C-1 fighter mounted on the gun platform of the battleship Arizona (BB-39), circa 1920.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
BB-39 Arizona489k A French built Nieuport aircraft is pictured taking off from Arizona's (BB-39) wooden deck constructed atop a turret.LOC Photo # 5557436939_ce98890ef7_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona806kA magnificent salvo.
The Arizona (BB-39), while steaming at top speed, lets go all twelve of her 14-inch guns at once in a terrific broadside during winter target practice in Cuban waters.
The huge shells of the Arizona's 14-inch guns dropping all around the target. The Arizona is the only super-dreadnought of the navy to carry a white "E" on all her big gun turrets for excellency in marksmanship. The mighty floating fortress also wears a white "E" on nine of the twenty-two 5-inch rifles of her secondary battery and carries the same coveted emblem on her fire control tower.
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
PDF courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.])1866-1924, 14 March 1920, Image 53, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-43 Tennessee 237k Foreground is definitely Tennessee (BB-43). In the middle is Idaho (BB-42) (darker camouflage note also the fantail catapult) and upper right is Arizona (BB-39), less certain but based on main mast platforms verses the New Mexico (BB-40). Middle background is New York (BB-34) (navigation bridge not over hanging conning tower). The far left background is the Texas (BB-35) (blunt bow, 2 funnels).
The aircraft is a Naval Aircraft Factory / Curtiss / Canadian Aeroplane Ltd F-5L.
The date of Mr. Kreisman's photo has to be 1920-1921. By 1922 all 14' and 16" gunned BB's (except New York and Texas as the 5th turret did not leave enough deck space) had been fitted with a compressed air catapult on the stern. The presence of a stern A/C catapult on only one of the three 1916 program BB's suggest this early in the introduction of this equipment but late enough for the turret top fly-off platforms to have been removed from all ships present. In 1919 the Battle Fleet shifted its base to San Pedro in California where it remained based until shifted to Pearl Harbor. The Texas and New York were assigned to that fleet until they returned east for modernization in 1925. This would suggest that the photo was taken some where in the Pacific. The rich flora onshore suggest a tropical climate and the enclosed by would lead me to guess Panama or Gitmo. If the 1920 or 1921 Fleet problem was conducted in Atlantic waters could explain an Atlantic based aircraft with a Pacific based Fleet.
Photo courtesy of Lance Kreisman via Fabio Pen~a.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn, Alan Moore & Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Larkins, William T. US Navy Aircraft 1921-1941/US Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959. [The image came from the USMC aircraft section, pg(9).] Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1995. (originally published as US Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959, copyright 1959, and US Navy Aircraft 1921-1941, copyright 1961).
BB-38-9 176kThe Pennsylvania (BB-38) or Arizona (BB-39) is in the background in this 1920 photo.
The Bureau of Construction and Repair letter of 21 May 1920, requesting information on any special painting and/or markings being used in the field showed most units to be painting their aircraft as specified. However, the reports show variations had been adopted locally by nearly every installation. Aircraft of the Atlantic Fleet Air Detachment were identified by a system of black and white stripes or squares on the hull of each flying boat. These had been developed to aid in joining up for squadron formations, allowing each aircraft to be recognized almost as far as it could be seen. This, of course, was not possible with the small serial numbers. The actual design was considered of no importance so long as the various designs were distinctive.
One aircraft was left with the original painting to which the last two digits of the serial number were painted on the sides of the hull. These numbers were repeated on the bottom of the hull, with the tops forward, in numerals 4 feet (121 .92 cm) high.
While this system was satisfactory for the 6 flying boats of the detachment, its use in a larger force was questioned.
So-called ‘Dazzle’ finishes were appearing on USN seaplanes in 1917. The Burgess-Dunne Company initiated the finish, which was characterized by dark and light irregular patterns. NAF F5Ls were later seen and photographed in a dark and light striped pattern. F5Ls were also photographed in a checkerboard pattern of dark and light shades. A February 1917 C&R Report, File 13-Z-11 mentions Vermillion (approximately FS11140) and Off-White (approx. FS37778) as being used in the ‘Dazzle’ scheme. This color mention was part of a Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida Board of Painting Seaplanes Letter, same date.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn & Alan Moore.
Aircraft i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Elliott, John M. The Official Monogram US Navy & Marine Corps Aircraft Color Guide, Vol 1: 1911-1939. Boylston, MA: Monogram Aviation Publications, 1987. p22. & Doll, Thomas E. US Navy Aircraft Camouflage & Markings 1940-1945. Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, 2003. p3.
BB-39 Arizona152kCapt. William Woodward Phelps was the commanding officer of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) from 26 June 1920 to 11 June 1921.Photo courtesy of the USNA Alumni Association via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona507kTransiting the Panama Canal, 1921.From the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier of New Orleans and L.A. Donated by his niece, Elaine C. Witty. Courtesy of Lawrence Bohn.
BB-39 Arizona908k Arizona (BB-39) traversing the Panama Canal in 1921. LOC Photo # 5948045298_dd3bb8b67d_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona600kStern view of the Arizona (BB-39) traversing the Panama Canal in 1921. Library of Congress photo # LC-USZ62-98338 courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona76kThe Arizona (BB-39) leaving Pedro Miguel Locks, Canal Zone, 20 January 1921.USN photo.
Atlantic and Pacific Fleets49k"Combined Atlantic and Pacific Fleets in Panama Bay, January 21st 1921". Right section (of three) of a panoramic photograph taken by M.C. Mayberry, of Mayberry and Smith, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Among the ships present in this image are (from left to right): Sicard (DD-346), Hatfield (DD-231), North Dakota (BB-29), Delaware (BB-28), Brazos (AO-4), Prometheus (AR-3), Utah (BB-31), Oklahoma (BB-37), Bridge (AF-1), Nevada (BB-36), Schenck (DD-159), Arizona (BB-39), Black Hawk (AD-9), Dickerson (DD-157), Dahlgren (DD-187), Herbert (DD-160), Columbia (CA-16), Cleveland (PG-33), Tacoma (PG-32), Semmes (DD-189) and one other destroyer.
Photo # NH 86082-C, courtesy of Naval Historical Center, D.H. Criswell Collection.
BB-39 Arizona50kArizona (BB-39) dated 23 February 1921, at south end of Gaillard Cut, Panama Canal; Pedro Miguel lock is in the distance. The battleship reached Guantanamo Bay on the 6th. She operated thence until 24 April 1921, when she sailed for New York, steaming via Hampton Roads. USN / USNI photo.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-39 Arizona53kPREPARING FOR CUTTER RACE. The battleship Arizona (BB-39) crew, one of the several U. S. Navy crews who will compete for the Lieutenant Commander Richard M. Elliott Cup, in the American HenleyImage and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 20 May 1921, Night Extra Closing Stock Prices, Image 36, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-39 Arizona433kSeen here at Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1921.USNI / USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona871k Arizona (BB-39) probably at Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1921. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein.
LOC Photo # 5948045298_dd3bb8b67d_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona433kScrapping & painting the hull while in dry dock.LOC Photo # 5558021812_bfa6910a6b_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona111k The Pacific based Arizona (BB-39) with a "E" for Excellence painted on her funnel in this post August 1921 photo at San Pedro, California. It appears that all her secondary guns are still in place.Photo contributed by David Buell. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-39 Arizona 115k Early 1920's circa aerial photo of the Arizona (BB-39) surrounded by small boats. Associated Press photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Timothy Choi.
BB-39 Arizona288k Portside view showing business section of the Arizona (BB-39). LOC Photo # 5558021644_f97df2d113_b courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona103kCaptain George Ralph Marvell was the Commanding Officer of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) from 24 December 1921 to 27 July 1922. Photo # 18804v courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona421k Arizona (BB-39) and other battlewagons behind her train their guns to starboard. LOC Photo # 5558021290_ae6ab6e474_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-36 Nevada66kSteaming with other battleships, during the early 1920s. Oklahoma (BB-37) is in the left background. The other ship is either Pennsylvania (BB-38) or Arizona (BB-39).USNHC # NH 50109, courtesy of Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona176kPhoto-postcard of the Arizona (BB-39), dated 30 November 1922, probably at San Diego CA. Photo probably taken autumn 1922 on goodwill trip to Lima Peru. Photographer stood about 6 feet above the main deck on the starboard side of the mainmast, facing aft. Top center, kite balloon with two observers in basket tethered somewhere off the left side. Right, "C" turret trained aft showing protruding rangefinders, superimposed 3-inch anti-aircraft gun, and airplane platform braced on gun tubes, all shortly removed. Lower left, "D" turret trained out about 90 degrees to starboard. Main deck not visible. USN photo by Fred Whitmeyer.
Photo and text submitted by Bruce D. Liddell.
BB-39 Arizona766kView of the cage mast with Arizona's (BB-39) Marines. LOC Photo # 5557437421_109da6b3e9_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona104k U.S. Pacific Fleet at anchor in Lahaina Roads, Maui, Hawaii, 14 February 1923.Courtesy of Edgar Combs.
BB-28 Delaware819kPanoramic photo of the U.S. fleet in Panama Bay (Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal) on 1 March 1923. 70 vessels are viewed; the Battle Fleet consists of all U.S. battleships from the Delaware (BB-28) through the Idaho (BB-42). Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, courtesy of Tom Kermen. Copyright R.G. Lewis, Y Photo Shop, Balboa, C.Z."
BB-38 2.35k The Pennsylvania (BB-38) follows other battleships during maneuvers. The first three ships in the background are Nevada (BB-36), Oklahoma (BB-37), and Arizona (BB-39) in that order. However, the photo pre-dates the 1925 Australia/ New Zealand tour since Oklahoma lacks the enlarged lookout stations on the cagemasts. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona152kCaptain Percy Napier Olmstead commanded the battleship Arizona (BB-39) from 29 November 1923 to 27 June 1925.Photo courtesy of the Baker County Library – Baker City, Oregon via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona85kEnsign Arleigh A. Burke, USN, pushing a peanut by blowing on it, during a shipboard competition on board Arizona (BB-39), circa 1923-1925. USNHC # NH 100267, now in the collections of the National Archives. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, 1975.
BB-39 Arizona76kCrew of Turret Four (4th Division), Arizona (BB-39), commanded by Ensign Arleigh A. Burke, circa 1924. Ensign Burke is standing at the far left. USNHC # NH 83967, now in the collections of the National Archives. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, 1975.
BB-39 Arizona80kShip's complement posing on her forecastle, forward turrets and superstructure, circa 1924. The officer seated in the second row, 4th from right, is Ensign Arleigh A. Burke. USNHC # NH 86101, courtesy of Naval Historical Center, from the Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke.
BB-39 Arizona60kArizona (BB-39) steaming in line ahead with at least four other battleships astern, in the 1920s.
Arizona alternately served as flagship for Battleship Divisions 2, 9 or 4. Based at San Pedro, during this period, Arizona operated with the fleet in the operating areas off the coast of southern California or in the Caribbean during fleet concentrations there. She participated in a succession of fleet problems (the annual maneuvers of the fleet that served as the culmination of the training year), ranging from the Caribbean to the waters off the west coast of central America and the Canal Zone; from the West Indies to the waters between Hawaii and the west coast.
USN / USNI photo.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-39 Arizona67kCirca mid 20's shot showing Arizona's (BB-39) starboard bow, underway with aircraft overhead.Photo # NWDNS-19-N-11007, courtesy of National Archives Record Administration (NARA).
BB-39 Arizona3.71kFebruary 1925 photo of the Arizona (BB-39) before the placement of stern catapults.Text contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
USN photo #80G-461443 courtesy of Paul Silverstone.
BB-39 Arizona826kFueling tests conducted between Kanawha (AO-1) and Arizona (BB-39) in the mid-1920s. (Top) Kanawha playing out towing line. (Lower left) The steam-powered tension engine was a special device installed on Kanawha so that the fuel lines would not drag in the water while fueling astern. (Lower right) The crew sets the steel tension line. USN photo from Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1995, via Robert Hurst.
BB-39 Arizona586kArizona (BB-39) is in tow while fuel is transferred from the Kanawha (AO-1) via the astern method. Note how the steel tension wire keeps the fuel hose from dipping into the sea. USN photo from Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1995, via Robert Hurst.
BB-39 Arizona1.13kA catapult-less Arizona (BB-39).
According to Stillwell's book the base was installed by mid 1925. The stern cat itself was installed in a refit from mid June to mid September (Stillwell, p87). A photo on the following page that shows the cat was dated March of '26. The turret cat was added between Arizona' post-modernization recommissioning (July '31) and the spring of 1932.
The vessel in front is probably a Cuyama class oiler, of which there is a choice of three: Cuyama (AO-3), Brazos (AO-4) or Neches (AO-5) ... all presuming that there really are only six letters in the ship's otherwise unreadable name. Taking a wild guess, I'd bet about a Dime that she's Brazos, since that is the only one of the class that wasn't carrying deck guns during the 1920s (otherwise, there ought to be a 5" gun on each side aft). However, I'm not even close to certain about that.
Text i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen & Chuck Haberlein.
LOC Photo # 5557438555_b619db70a1_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona77kCrewmen of the Arizona (BB-39) pose under the ships rudder while in drydock in 1925. USN photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona173k Arizona (BB-39) and Langley (CV-1) at Naval Air Station San Diego, CA. circa late 1920's.Photo courtesy of USN photo. / Joe Radigan.
Text courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona438kThe Arizona (BB-39) between 1926 - 1929 just before the refit, note the absence of searchlights on the foremast. Text courtesy of Chris Hoen.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona421k June 1927 photo of the Arizona (BB-39) showing the compressed air catapult mounted on the quarter deck. This catapult replaced the two turret-top mounted flying-off platforms.Text contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
USN photo #80G-460111 courtesy of Paul Silverstone.
BB-39 Arizona51kThe bridge of the Arizona (BB-39). The photo was taken in the late 1920's, before the bridge was enlarged considerably during the 1929-1931 modernization at the Norfolk Navy yard.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona1.00kArizona (BB-39) at anchor in Port Angeles, Washington, 16 August 1928. USN photo courtesy of Jim Millholland via Alan Cole.
BB-39 Arizona80k1920's Xmas card from Arizona's (BB-39) Junior officers. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
Capt Victor Ashfield Kimberly 64k Capt Victor Ashfield Kimberly had a short stint as C.O. of the Arizona (BB-39), 27/06/1928 to 04/09/1928. Apparently he pulled some strings in Washington D.C. to get command of the newer battleship Maryland (BB-46) with her 16 inch guns; he was captain from 06/09/1928 to 16/05/1930. This stunt did not go over with his shipmates on the Arizona and he was not a popular topic in the officers wardroom. This might explain why he never was promoted to Admiral. Text courtesy of Bill Gonyo & Wolfgang Hechler.
Photo courtesy of findagrave.com.
Battlefleet122kWatercolor of a Presidential review during President Hoover's term of office, 1928-32.
Crews line the rails of a Colorado class (BB-45 / 48) battleship as the ships pass in line astern of the reviewing stand with the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3) piercing the clouds accompanied by 9 biplanes.
Courtesy of Michael Schwarz.
Battlefleet56kView of the U.S. Battlefleet from above, possibly from the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3). Photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com.
BB-36 Nevada351kNevada (BB-36) being modernized at Norfolk Naval Shipyard between 4 May 1929 and January 1930.
The date has to be from this period of time because the Arizona (BB-39) entered Norfolk on 4 May 1929 to prepare for modernization.
Placed in reduced commission on 15 July 1929, Arizona remained in yard hands for the next 20 months; tripod masts, surmounted by three-tiered fire control tops, replaced the old cage masts; 5-inch, 25-caliber antiaircraft guns replaced the 3-inch 50s with which she had been equipped. She also received additional armor to protect her vitals from the fall of shot and blisters to protect her from torpedo or near-miss damage from bombs. In addition, she received new boilers as well as new main and cruising turbines. Ultimately, she was placed in full commission on 1 March 1931.
The Auxiliary to the left of the Arizona is 1 of 8 Patoka class fleet oilers, most likely either Sapelo AO-11 or Salinas AO-19.
USN photograph courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. contributed by Chris Hoehn, Jeff J., Chuck Haberlein & Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona50kNevada (BB-36) in the background & Arizona (BB-39) in the foreground being modernized at Norfolk Naval Shipyard between 4 May 1929 and January 1930. USN photo from nnsy1.navy.mil contributed by Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona466kCapt. Charles Seymour Freeman was the commanding officer of the Arizona (BB-39) from 20 September 1930 to 20 June 1932.Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona434kShown in dry dock during her 1929 - 1930 overhaul and modernization at the Norfolk Navy yard.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona983kArizona (BB-39) undergoing modernization at Norfolk N.Y.
The destroyer Cole (DD-155) is in the background.
LOC Photo # 5558022850_2a7dc78c05_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona1.95k Arizona (BB-39) at Norfolk Navy Yard on 2 March 1931. Newly modernized, she is complete except for 0.50 caliber machine guns which would later occupy platforms on each mast and a catapult which has not been mounted atop #3 turret. Both boat cranes have been lengthened to serve the catapult.Text courtesy Pieter Bakels.
Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-39 Arizona466kArizona (BB-39) at Norfolk Navy Yard on 2 March 1931. Official USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona1.60kArizona (BB-39) after her reconstruction on 2 March 1931 with a new enclosed bridge structure. Note the 5-inch guns that have been added along her deck. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels. Serial # 143-01.
BB-39 Arizona1.81k Stern view of the Arizona (BB-39) on 2 March 1931, newly modernized. During her reconstruction, tripods have replaced the old cage masts. Atop the tripods were mounted three level fire control towers. The bottom level controlled the secondary battery while the upper two levels controlled and spotted for the main battery. The funnel mounted searchlights proved unsatisfactory, so the lights were later moved to platforms on the masts.
Note the stern of the destroyers Blakely (DD-150) & Biddle (DD-151) in the foreground.
Text contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-39 Arizona30kA 5-inch anti-aircraft gun. One of the anti-aircraft guns mounted on the superstructure deck during the ship's modernization. USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona1.30kUnderway with President Herbert Hoover on board, March 1931. The Presidential Flag is flying from her mainmast peak. Note the early type quarterdeck aircraft crane.USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona993kThree page PDF showing official party & officers of the Arizona (BB-39) and other scenes aboard ship, March 1931.Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.
Note; High-resolution scans can be ordered from the site.
BB-39 Arizona917kThe ship's company posed with President Hoover during his cruise on board the Arizona (BB-39), March 1931. The President is seated at the front center. LOC Photo # 5947489233_9e76a1e8b1_o-1 courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona51kPresident Herbert Hoover along with Secretary of Navy Adams and Admiral Hughes aboard the Arizona (BB-39), March 1931. USN / USNI photo.
BB-39 Arizona1.05k Arizona's (BB-39) empty launching rails at the stern and on one of the turrets. LOC Photo # 5558025770_eff9b3c98d_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona432kOut for a walk on Arizona's (BB-39) mast.LOC Photo # 5558024708_5acaf72b4f_b courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona368kThe sum of all the parts of a scout plane arrive.LOC Photo # 5558021900_8060e72e48_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona139kPresident Hoover walking on the quarterdeck. The guns of turret 4 are visible to the right of the photograph. Two of the ship's aircraft are visible behind him, as is the pole crane fitted at the stern during the modernization (it was in place until 1934, when it was upgraded). USN photo.
1932 - Pre-Pearl Harbor Attack
BB-39 Arizona1.18k1932 aerial photo of the Arizona (BB-39) in Dry Dock No. 1 at Pearl Harbor Navy Base.National Archives photo # 5557439761_682417c42c_o courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona465kThe destroyer Perry (DD-340) takes fuel from Arizona (BB-39) while participating in the fleet exercises of 1932. Photo courtesy Kauffman Collection, Naval Historical Center.
Image scanned from Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1995, via Robert Hurst.
BB-39 Arizona85kUnderway, view from port side, 1932. Pitching in heavy seas. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-463589, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona776kLeading Nevada (BB-36), Arizona (BB-39) heads into a sea in May 1932. Note the concentration dial above the rangefinder. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona67kArizona (BB-39) underway in the 1930's with three float planes appearing on her fantail and rear turrets. USN / USNI photo.
BB-39 Arizona59kSteaming at sea during the 1930s, with her main battery 14"/45 guns trained to port.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 57663, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona784kArizona (BB-39) in 1930's, maneuvering at sea astern of Tennessee (BB-43) and Texas (BB-35) (in lead). USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona43k Arizona (BB-39) leading Nevada (BB-36) and the Tennessee (BB-43) and a New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) class battleship underway. USN photo from the Atlas Editions. Submitted by Eric W. Dahlstrom.
BB-39 Arizona534k1934 photo of Arizona (BB-39) crew musterd at quarters for the ceremony at which Chesty (James Cagney) is presented the Navy Cross in the movie Here Comes the NavyPhoto inspired by Tommy Trampp via gonebutnotforgotten
BB-39 Arizona486k Arizona (BB-39) in drydock.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona72k1935, Long Beach California.Paul Ayers / & copy The Inman Co. Long Beach CA.
BB-39 Arizona1.60kSteaming away from the photographer, the Arizona (BB-39) and other ships of the Battle Force, the primary US embodiment of sea power in the mid 1930's.USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona160kThe main mast is obscured by smoke in this mid 1930s photo. Like Oklahoma (BB-37), she was modified extensively prior to WW II, completing a Puget Sound refit in June 1941. Her antiaircraft directors and range finders were consolidated and enclosed. Foundations for the 1.1-inch guns were installed (but not the guns themselves). The directors would have been installed on the emergency cabin level (below the signal bridge), above where the 5-inch directors are shown in this photo. Fixed splinter shields were installed, and the flag bridge was extended. Machine gun platforms were installed on the maintop (4 guns) and on the foremast (2 guns), for a total of eight 0.50-calibere machine guns.USN photo. Partial text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-46 Maryland & Arizona117kArizona (BB-39) inboard & Maryland (BB-46) at Puget Sound sometime circa late 1935, early 1936. The Arizona still has the searchlights on the funnel and the funnel is short. It was extended vertically in early 1936.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Text courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona118k Oil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "Arizona 1936." This picture depicts the Arizona and other ships in Pearl Harbor. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com.
BB-39 Arizona914kArizona (BB-39) moored in front of either New York (BB-34) or Texas (BB-35) with the aircraft carriers Lexington (CV-2) & Saratoga (CV-3) during a fleet problem during the 1930's.
The photo might be Culebra, Puerto Rico, or maybe Gonaives, Haiti.
Text i.d. courtesy of Fabio Pena.
LOC Photo # 5557440087_ec3397b71a_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona2.57kThis photograph, taken in 1936, shows the forward superstructure. The heavily armored conning tower can be identified by the narrow vision slits. Just above it the ship's bridge is visible. The long "beam" on the platform above the bridge is the range finder, used to aim the ship's main guns. The structures at the top of the tripod mast are stations for controlling the ship's guns. The Arizona (BB-39) is passing under the partially completed Golden Gate Bridge.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona147kCapt. George Andrew Alexander was the commanding officer of the Arizona (BB-39) from the 6th of August 1936 to 12 November 1937.Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona56k September 1936 image showing Arizona (BB-39) in her final configuration. Note the walkway around her pilot house, which distinguished her from Pennsylvania (BB-38). Antiaircraft range finders are visible on her range finder platform with 5-inch directors at the emergency cabin level (that is, the level below the navigating bridge) one of them is visible against the after leg of the tripod foremast in a Puget Sound refit completed in March 1939, the funnel searchlight were relocated to the mainmast machine gun platform, their own platform being taken over by a pair of 0.50-calibere machine guns.USN photo.
Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-39 Arizona664kArizona (BB-39) passes under the soon to be completed Golden Gate bridge, circa 1937. LOC Photo # 5558025056_11323c394c_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona1.10kArizona (BB-39) passing Alcatraz Island in the late 1930's flying the flag of a rear admiral as Flagship Battle Force.USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona239k Spotting planes were carried by all U.S. Battleships. These "eyes of the fleet" float planes greatly extended the effective range of the main battery. This rendering shows the Arizona's (BB-39) 3 SOC float planes circa 1938. They are units of VO (Observation Squadron) One. Text & drawing by Alan E. Chesley, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
BB-39 Arizona814kCurtiss SOC's being placed aboard the Arizona (BB-39). LOC Photo # 5948042830_6d7ac203e2_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona524kCurtiss SOC on Arizona's (BB-39) catapult with a Lexington (CV-2/3) class carrier in the background. LOC Photo # 5947495971_7e3a8ff3cf_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona30kCurtiss SOC's on Arizona's (BB-39) fantail in the late 1930's. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona372kNo turret catapult visible, but there is a float plane near the top rear turret. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona145kOne of Arizona's (BB-39) float planes flies past her after being launched from her fantail as another is being made ready on the turret catapult. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-39 Arizona195k31,000 plus tons of Arizona (BB-39) drive through the sea in the later 1930s.USN photo from the collection of Andy Small (USNA '83) courtesy of Charles Landrum LCDR, USN (Ret.)USNA '83. Scanned from a sold print at the US Naval Academy Museum marked "Deaccessioned, Remove from USNI Collection."
BB-39 Arizona53kArizona (BB-39) in rough seas. Photo stamped "received 14 April 1938"; the back caption originally indicated the ship as Pennsylvania (BB-38), but her sister-ship had a distinctive taller conning tower. USN / USNI photo.
BB-39 Arizona362kArizona (BB-39) coming into drydock. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona445kDrydock not yet pumped dry, the crew of the Arizona (BB-39) are very likely scraping barnacles.
It would seem that rather than drain the dock and set up scaffolding, all hand have been put over the side into many flat bottom boats and the hull is being scraped by the crew as the water level is slowly lowered in the dock exposing more hull.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein & Chris Hoen.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona815kStern view of the Arizona (BB-39) in dry dock; workmen on the propellers with crewmen looking from the deck. LOC Photo # 5948047026_9765a512c1_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona79k The following 2 photographs appeared in this article.
This story was in the Hawaii Navy News Online (Volume 27, Issue 24-June 21, 2002) "Spring cleaning reveals lost Arizona (BB-39) photos."
BREMERTON, Wash. - You never know what will turn up during spring cleaning - a long-forgotten childhood toy, an old suit you wish you had forgotten or, as was the case at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, some old photographs that shed new light on a chapter from a part of naval history.
Arizona was at Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1938 for overhaul, but early records are vague. Until now, the historical archives had no information on the specific work done on Arizona during its overhaul here.
The photographs show a turret being lifted from the ship to a temporary foundation. A battleship pier was located directly under the hammerhead crane (built in 1932-33) with a lifting capacity of 250 tons. There are numerous photos in the shipyard photo archives that show the hammerhead crane lifting large armament from the capital ships, but this is the first time that photos have shown the lifting of turrets. This photo shows the bow view above deck portion of the turret and its 3 x 14"/45 guns. Photos are dated 23 May 1938.
USN photo contributed by Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona108k The slow process of swinging tons of armored steel out from the ship has begun. USN photo contributed by Mike Green.
Text courtesy of ibiblio.org via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona117k Turret #4 being lowered into a temporary foundation for transport. USN photo & text courtesy of ibiblio.org via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona1.33kDrawing of Fleet Problem XIX; it was drawn from the quartermaster deck in 1938 for the original iron man of the Arizona (BB-39)... Marion Brooks (Pat) Tobin .Photo courtesy of Mike Henley.
BB-39 Arizona1.36kPearl Harbor, 1938: Nautilus (SS-168) with Arizona (BB-39) behind on the right and Pennsylvania (BB-38) on the left. Portland (CL-33) is behind Pennsylvania and the bow of a New Mexico class battleship is at the extreme left.Photo courtesy of Roger Reynolds.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Photo added 07/16/15.
BB-39 Arizona51k On 17 September 1938, Arizona (BB-39) became the flagship for Battleship Division 1, when Rear Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (later to become Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet) broke his flag on board. Detached 27 May 1939 to become Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Nimitz was relieved on that day by Rear Admiral Russell Willson.
Rear Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Rear Admiral Russell Willson, USN, are shown during the change of Command Ceremonies on Arizona, 26 May 1939.
USN / USNI photo.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-39 Arizona225k Stern view of the Arizona (BB-39) with a lot of signal flags fluttering while maneuvering at sea 1939-40.
Note the biplanes overhead and the range clock on her stern tripod.
USN / USNI photo.
BB-38 Pennsylvania794kComing and goings of the Arizona (BB-39).Photo i.d. courtesy of Frank Dengler & Richard Jensen.
Photo # 80G-651633 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-39 Arizona 3.09k Five page booklet of Arizona (BB-39) general plans following her last rebuild at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, April 1939.
Ships information and Inboard Profile, Outboard profile, superstructure decks and tripod platforms, Main Deck, Forecastle deck (AKA upper deck), and boat deck (AKA Superstructure Deck), Second Deck, Third Deck, First Platform, Second Platform, Hold, and Double bottom.
Source: NARA II, College Park, Maryland.
PDF submitted by Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona43k Arizona's (BB-39) Maintop that housed the MK.20 Main Battery Director. The middle level was for Main battery Spotting and the lower Level housed the Secondary Battery Directors. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona1.00k Arizona's (BB-39) Main Battery. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona658k Arizona's (BB-39) Flag Hoist. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona421kU.S. FLAGSHIP ON WHICH PLOT IS REPORTED.SAN. PEDRO.CAL.
THIS IS A VIEW OF THE BATTLESHIP ARIZONA (BB-39) ON WHICH ALL LEAVES OF THE SAILORS WERE CANCELLED TODAY, REPORTEDLY BECAUSE OF THE DISCOVERY OF EVIDENCE OF A SABOTAGE PLOT AGAINST THE WARSHIP. NAVAL AUTHORITIES DECLINE TO COMMENT ON A REPORT THAT THERE HAS BEEN A PLAN TO DAMAGE THE FLAGSHIP WHICH IS SHOWN HERE AT ANCHOR IN LOS ANGELES HARBOR. THE ARIZONA IS REAR ADMIRAL RUSSEL WILSON'S FLAGSHIP OF BATTLE DIVISION 1.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-39 Arizona1.02kArizona (BB-39) at Seattle in 1940. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-40 New Mexico & family463kProbable front and rear photos here and below showing formations of aircraft flying over U.S. Navy battleships during exercises at sea, circa late 1930's - 1940.
Pictured here is a New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleship in the van with other battleships of the Pacific Fleet and a carrier air group, led by the Air Group Commander in a Curtiss SBC Helldiver.
The aircraft following are:
A torpedo squadron of eighteen Douglas TBD-1s;
A bombing squadron of eighteen Northrop BT-1s;
A scouting squadron eighteen Curtiss SBCs;
A fighting squadron of eighteen Grumman F2F-1s or F3F-3s from either the Yorktown (CV-5) or F3F-2s from the Enterprise (CV-6), plus possibly nine additional aircraft.
The Yorktown and Enterprise were the only two carriers whose bombing squadrons were equipped with the Northrop BT-1.
The text for the photo reads:
"The Navy uses enormous amounts of rubber. At least seventy-five tons of rubber, enough to makes 17,000 tires, are used in the construction of each of these battleships. Tons more are needed for the naval planes that are making history over the world. Medical and communication requirements--and countless other needs of the Navy--are met."
The lead BB looks like Mississippi (BB-41) followed by Maryland (BB-46) (rangefinder on Turret II). My first impression of the Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) is the Tennessee (BB-43), but that is not a certain ID from this photo alone. Fourth is the Oklahoma (BB-37) (no birdbath). Aside from the DD now in the lead, I see nothing in the head-on shot aerial that positively differs from the ID's of the first 4 BB's in the first photo. Of course, in the aft aerial shot, BB #5 is the California (BB-44), ID'd by the enlarged flag bridge, lending support to BB #3 in the first photo being Tennessee. Everything I see supports these three photos all being part of the same operation with at least the first 5 BB's remaining in the same order.
Photograph # LC-USE64 - DC-000944 & partial text courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Battleship i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. & text & timeline courtesy of Alan Moore via the following sources: Airplane i.d.: Yorktown Class Carriers (Warship Pictorial No. 9) by Steve Wiper, Tucson, AZ: Classic Warships Publishing, 2000. & That Gallant Ship: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5) by Robert Cressman, Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub Co, 1985. Timeline from Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-40 New Mexico & family1.62kProbable front and rear photos here and above showing formations of aircraft flying over U.S. Navy battleships during exercises at sea, circa late 1930's - 1940.
In both photos, one of the New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) is leading the BB column while the remaining battleships have dual masthead fire control structures.
The air group formation in the two photos appears to be similar. The composition of 18 TBDs, 18 BT-1s, 18 SBCs, and 27 fighters is easier to distinguish in the front/surface view. I'm assuming, based on total aircraft count alone, that the formation in the rear/aerial view is the same. (The perspective makes it difficult to sort the monoplanes and biplanes into their respective types.) The only difference is that in the front/surface view the formation is lead by a Curtiss SBC Helldiver (likely the Air Group Commander) but in the rear/aerial view that lead Helldiver is not present. I suppose it's possible that the photographer was in that Helldiver's rear seat. What stands out for me is the presence of nine extra fighters beyond the normal squadron composition of 18, as seen in the other three squadrons in this formation.
Photo i.d courtesy of Chuck Haberlein, Richard Jensen, Aryeh Wetherhorn, & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Battleship i.d. & text courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Aircraft i.d. & text courtesy of Alan Moore.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 2008.104.001.234.
BB-39 Arizona1.31kBetween 9 September 1940 - 13 September 1940 the Arizona (BB-39) was under way with other ships of the US Fleet for simulated fleet engagement. She is pictured here in company with the New Mexico (BB-40) & West Virginia (BB-48). US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.235 courtesy of Alan Moore.
Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
BB-39 Arizona367kColumn Right!
Arizona (BB-39), New Mexico (BB-40) & West Virginia (BB-48) and other ships of the Pacific Fleet taken during Fleet Ops in October 1940.
This photo and the following five are more than likely from the LIFE issue of 28 October 1940: "The Navy: LIFE Goes into Action with the U.S. Fleet".
One of the introductory paragraphs reads as follows:
"To show itself to the American people, the U.S. Navy has co-operated with LIFE in this issue. LIFE photographers and reporters examined naval schools, ammunition depots, bases, destroyers, battleships, the War College, etc. Finally a LIFE crew sailed on the U.S. Fleet maneuvers last month off Pearl Harbor in mid-Pacific."
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.235 courtesy of Alan Moore.
Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991 & "The Navy: LIFE Goes into Action with the U.S. Fleet". Life. New York: Time, Inc., Vol 9 No 18 (28 October 1940). p23.
BB-39 Arizona54kFirst (not pictured here)of three photos with the caption "The enemy is sighted off right. Swiftly the battleships New Mexico (BB-40) and Arizona (BB-39) change direction."
The second photo (here) has the caption: "Wheeling into new position of line abreast, battleships move slowly while other ships speed into position."
Appended is the text that appeared on the photo credits page of that issue.
Carl Mydans, LIFE’s photo-reporter who roamed battlefields in Finland and France from September 1939 to June 1940, now turns his lens on the U. S. Navy (see pp. 23—97). During one month with the Fleet in the Pacific, Mydans took pictures aboard a battleship, a cruiser, a destroyer, a submarine, a hospital ship and a repair ship. Mydans also spent some time in the brig of the Indianapolis (CA-35).
Early one morning he had climbed onto a platform over the Admiral’s bridge, when a gust of wind blew sunshade and filter from his Zeiss Super-Ikonta camera. They fell near Vice Admiral Adolphus Andrews, commander of the Scouting Force. After lunch Mydans was served with a paper charging him with “willfully, maliciously and without justifiable cause” assaulting and attempting to strike with a dangerous weapon of German manufacture one Adolphus Andrews, Vice Admiral. With mock solemnity he was taken to the brig and locked up. Few moments later the entire wardroom, from executive officer down, descended and peered through the grille at Prisoner Mydans. When each had enjoyed a good laugh, Mydans was set free.
Photo by Carl Mydans, Time, Inc, submitted courtesy Pieter Bakels. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore. "The Navy: LIFE Goes into Action with the U.S. Fleet". Life. New York: Time, Inc., Vol 9 No 18 (28 October 1940). p.28 & 29.
BB-39 Arizona496kThe third photo (here) is captioned:
"Battleships head directly toward the enemy over the horizon, ready to from line of battle either way."
Photo by Carl Mydans, Time, Inc, submitted courtesy Pieter Bakels. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore. "The Navy: LIFE Goes into Action with the U.S. Fleet". Life. New York: Time, Inc., Vol 9 No 18 (28 October 1940). p.28 & 29.
BB-39 Arizona249k A.A. Practice during Fleet Ops in October 1940.USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona43k Commence Firing! probably during Fleet Ops in October 1940. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona35k Looking up at the mainmast probably during Fleet Ops in October 1940. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
BB-39 Arizona217kField Day aboard a Pacific Fleet Battle wagon. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.235 courtesy of Alan Moore.
BB-39 Arizona94kCaptain Harold Cecil Train was the Commanding Officer of the Arizona (BB-39) from 5 September 1940 to 5 February 1941. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona131kArizona (BB-39) with three YPs in the foreground... Probably December 1940 as there is work going on with her superstructure and the splinter shields have been constructed around her 5" guns but not been painted yet. USN Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona2.02k Arizona (BB-39) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, possibly for the last time. She does not yet have the MK 33 directors or the birdbath of her final configuration. Text & photo courtesy of USS-Arizona-BB39-Ships-Data, Norman Friedman, Arthur D. Baker, III. Arnold S. Lott, Robert F. Sumrall, via Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona674kStarboard profile of the Arizona (BB-39) at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 18 January 1941. The stern section of the Nevada (BB-36) and her tripod masts rise up behind the Arizona.USN Photo # 123-41 courtesy of Seattle NARA via Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona79kVought OS2U "Kingfisher" float plane, of Observation Squadron One (VO-1) on a seaplane mat towed by Arizona (BB-39), while being recovered after a flight in the Hawaiian Operating area on the morning of 6 September 1941. The plane flown by Ensign Lawrence A. Williams. Rear-seat man was Radioman 3rd Class G.H. Lane, who is preparing to hook up the aircraft to the ship's crane for recovery. Note the plane's side number "1-O-3", with the ship's name below it.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-66108, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona70kVought OS2U "Kingfisher" float plane, of Observation Squadron One (VO-1) Taxi's along side Arizona (BB-39), after a flight in the Hawaiian Operating area, 6 September 1941. Pilot is Lieutenant-Commander Welton D. Rowley, Commanding Officer of VO-1. Rear-seat man, Radioman 2nd Class E.L. Higley, is preparing to go out on the plane's wing to hook up the aircraft to the battleship's crane for recovery. The plane is numbered "1-O-1".Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-66111, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona77kVought OS2U "Kingfisher" float plane, of Observation Squadron One (VO-1). Being recovered by Arizona (BB-39), after a flight in the Hawaiian Operating area on the morning of 6 September 1941. The pilot, Ensign Lawrence A. Williams, is holding the belt of his rear-seat man, Radioman 3rd Class G.H. Lane, who is hooking up the aircraft to the ship's crane for recovery.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-66109, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona87kVought OS2U "Kingfisher" float plane is lowered onto the after catapult of Arizona (BB-39), in the Hawaiian Operating area, 6 September 1941. Note details of the plane's float, the catapult and crew uniforms.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-66114, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona72k Arizona (BB-39) inboard profile, 1941. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-39 Arizona259kThree dimensional cutaway of the Arizona (BB-39). Photo courtesy of unlimiteddetails.com .
BB-39 Arizona201kColor print of the Arizona (BB-39) with PBY 5-A Catalina's flying overhead as the ship nears Diamond Head, Hawaii. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona 159k Damage on Arizona's (BB-39) port side blister following a collision with Oklahoma (BB-37) on the morning of 23rd October, 1941. Source: NARA College Park, Bureau of Ships General Correspondence files, submitted by Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona98kOil on canvas painting by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Arizona" showing the Arizona (BB-39) as she passes Diamond Head on 28 November 1941, with the Phelps (DD-360) in escort. Photo and text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-39 Arizona86kOil on canvas painting by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Daybreak of Destiny", showing the Arizona (BB-39) moored and the Vestal (AR-4) at Pearl Harbor, December 1941. Signed by artist Tom Freeman, Capt. Jim Miller (Arizona's most senior surviving officer), and Don Stratton (one of the few who escaped from the forward part of the ship). Photo and text courtesy of usni.org
BB-39 Arizona682kOil on canvas painting by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "Last Mooring", showing the Arizona (BB-39) moored in front of the Nevada (BB-36) and behind the Oklahoma (BB-37). Photo and text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-39 Arizona1.00kScheduled to receive tender availability, Arizona (BB-39) took the repair ship Vestal (AR-4) along side on Saturday, the 6th.Text courtesy of DANFS.
LOC Photo # 5557443151_b748956c19_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona135kOil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Come Into Port Greatly", showing the Arizona (BB-39) coming into Pearl Harbor for the last time. Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Hit 399k Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit West Virginia (BB-48) on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada (BB-36), Arizona (BB-39), Tennessee (BB-43) (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (BB-37) (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland (BB-46), and California (BB-44). On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit (CL-8) and Raleigh (CL-7), target and training ship Utah (BB-31) and seaplane tender Tangier(AV-8). Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right. U.S. Navy planes on the seaplane ramp are on fire. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry. Text courtesy of wikipedia.com.
Official U.S. Navy photograph NH 50930.
Hit 2.92k Japanese photo of Battleship Row during 7 December attack.
Note the oil spilling out from bomb & toroedo hits in the first few minutes. From left to right: Nevada (BB-36), Vestal (AR-4) (outboard), Arizona (BB-39), West Virginia (BB-48) (outboard), Tennessee (BB-43), Oklahoma (BB-37) (outboard), Maryland (BB-46), & Neosho (AO-23) forward.
Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 1.25k Japanese post card of Battleship Row during 7 December attack & the attack on the Arizona (BB-39). Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 1.01k Japanese post card of bombers over Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Hit 3.24k Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - Hickam Field. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
BB-39 Arizona55kThe death of the Arizona (BB-39), 0805, 7 December 1941. The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb, 7 December 1941. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona71kThe death of the Arizona (BB-39), 0805, 7 December 1941. The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb, 7 December 1941. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one above.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona62kThe forward half of the ship is engulfed in flames that shoot hundreds of feet into the air. The heat is so intense that the only remains of Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, the Commander of Battleship Division One is his Naval Academy class ring, welded to the steel deck of the armored conning tower. These color shots were taken from a rare color motion picture shot by an Army dOctober or visiting the Solace (AH-5).Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Text courtesy of ibiblio.org via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona60kCaptain Isaac C. Kidd, USN. Photographed on board Argonne (AS-10), circa 1931. He was then serving as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Base Force, U.S. Fleet, Rear Admiral Henry H. Hough, USN. USNHC # NH 50176, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona77kCaptain Franklin Van Valkenburgh, USN; who was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for devotion to duty and courage while serving as Commanding Officer of Arizona (BB-39) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. Halftone reproduction, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1948, The Navy", page 272.
Commanding officers of the Arizona.
1. McDonald, John Daniel, CAPT. 17.10.1916 / 18.02.1918 FDC,
2. McKean, Josiah Slutts, CAPT. 18.02.1918 / 11.09.1918
3. Dayton, John Havens, CAPT:RADM. 11.09.1918 / 26.06.1920
4. Phelps, William Woodward, CAPT. 26.06.1920 / 11.06.1921
5. Chase, Jehu Valentine, CAPT:ADM. 11.06.1921 / 24.12.1921
6. Marvell, George Ralph, CAPT. 24.12.1921 / 27.07.1922
7. Blakely, John Russell Young, CAPT. 27.07.1922 / 29.11.1923
8. Olmstead, Percy Napier, CAPT. 29.11.1923 / 27.06.1925
9. Perrill, Harlan Page, CAPT. 27.06.1925 / 24.05.1927
10. Tarrant, William Theodore, CAPT. 24.05.1927 / 27.06.1928
11. Kimberly, Victor Ashfield, CAPT. 27.06.1928 / 04.09.1928
12. Wortman, Ward Kenneth, CAPT. 04.09.1928 / 29.04.1930
13. Thomson Jr., Thaddeus Austin, CAPT. 29.04.1930 / 20.09.1930
14. Freeman, Charles Seymour, CAPT :VADM. 20.09.1930 / 20.06.1932
15. Kerrick, Charles Sylvanus, CAPT. 20.06.1932 / 30.09.1933
16. Milne, MacGillvray, CAPT. 30.09.1933 / 10.12.1934
17. Baum, George Martin, CAPT. 10.12.1934 / 08.06.1936
18. Alexander, George Andrew, CAPT. 08.06.1936 / 11.12.1937
19. Brown Sr., Alfred Winsor, CAPT. 11.12.1937 / 07.09.1938
20. Phillips, Wallace Benjamin, CAPT. 07.09.1938 / 17.09.1938
21. Kidd Sr., Isaac Campbell, CAPT :RADM. 17.09.1938 / 03.02.1940
22. Geiselman, Ellis Hugh, CAPT. 03.02.1940 / 00.00.1940
23. Train, Harold Cecil, CAPT. :RADM. 05.09.1940 / 05.02.1941
24.Van Valkenburgh, Franklin Butler, CAPT. 05.02.1941 / 07.12.1941
25. Fuqua, Samuel Glenn, LCDR (Officer in Charge) :RADM. 07.12.1941 / 29.12.1941
In Ordinary-out of Commission-laid up stricken 01.12.1942.
USNHC photo # NH 75840, now in the collections of the National Archives.
List of CO's courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves, HTC USNR (ret.)
BB-39 Arizona93kCommander Samuel Glenn Fuqua, USN, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism and distinguished conduct in action while serving on board Arizona (BB-39) during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. He was a Lieutenant Commander at that time. Halftone reproduction, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1948, The Navy", page 189.USNHC # NH 92306, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona69kRear Admiral Issac C. Kidd, USN. Portrait in oils by Rishell, 1942. The original painting measures 48 inches by 38 inches. USNHC # NH 85226-KN, courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
BB-39 Arizona899kThe forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid, 7 December 1941. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines.Text from USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Photo from NARA FILE #: 080-G-32420, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
BB-39 Arizona83kArizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously, 7 December 1941. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona60kArizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack, 7 December 1941. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga (YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.Submitted by Scott Dyben.
Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-32485, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona58kView of "Battleship Row" during or immediately after the Japanese raid. Arizona (BB-39) is sunk and burning at right. West Virginia (BB-48) is in the center, sunk alongside Tennessee (BB-43), with oil fires shrouding them both. The capsized Oklahoma (BB-37) is at the left, alongside Maryland (BB-46).Submitted by Scott Dyben.
Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-32485, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona82kThe forward superstructure and midships gun positions of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid, 7 December 1941. At right are the ship's mainmast and boat cranes, which were beyond the areas wrecked by the explosion of her forward magazines.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97380, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona71kThe sunken Arizona (BB-39) burns following the raid by Japanese carrier aircraft, 7 December 1941. Photographed from the shore of Ford Island. The after gun turrets of Tennessee (BB-43) are faintly visible at the extreme right. One of that ship's motor launches is nearby.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97381, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona60kSunk and burning at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 7 December 1941, after her forward magazines exploded when she was hit by Japanese bombs. YG-21 is alongside, helping to fight the fires.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 83062, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona610kAftermath of the Japanese sneak attack on these three stricken U.S. battleships; from left to right: West Virginia (BB-48) (severely damaged), Tennessee (BB-43) (damaged), and the Arizona (BB-39) (sunk).NARA #(NLR-PHOCO-A-65458) courtesy of fdrlibrary.marist.edu
BB-39 Arizona590kPort quarter view of the Arizona (BB-39) looking forward. Rear gun turret and superstructure details, after her sinking, are easily visible. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress; H.A.E.R. HI,2-HONLU,31—4, via Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona91kBurned out and sunk at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after her fires were out, 9 December 1941. She was destroyed when bombs detonated her forward magazines during the Japanese raid of 7 December 1941. Tern (AM-31) and Navajo (AT-64) are alongside. Solace (AH-5) is in the center distance.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 83063, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona90kA harbor tug (YT) and a garbage lighter (YG) fighting fires on the battleship, after she was sunk at Pearl Harbor by Japanese bombs on 7 December 1941. This photograph may have been taken on the following day.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97382, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona90kView of the starboard side of the sunken battleship's collapsed foremast and midships area, taken at Pearl Harbor on 9 December 1941, two days after the Japanese attack that destroyed her. A motor whaleboat is at left, apparently carrying an inspection party. On the opposite side of Arizona (BB-39) is Tern (AM-31), spraying water on the still-hot wreckage. Stern of West Virginia (BB-48), also sunk in the Japanese raid, is at right.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97383, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona103kBurned out and sunk in Pearl Harbor on 10 December 1941, three days after she was destroyed during the 7 December Japanese raid. Ships in the background are Saint Louis (CL-49), in center, and the hulked minelayer Baltimore (CM-1) at left. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 63918, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona89kSunk at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after her fires were out, 9 December 1941. She was destroyed during the Japanese raid of 7 December 1941. Navajo (AT-64) and Tern (AM-31) are alongside, spraying water to cool her burned out forward superstructure and midships area. In the left center distance are the masts of West Virginia (BB-48) and Tennessee (BB-43). USNHC # NH 83064, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona116kAerial view of "Battleship Row" moorings on the southern side of Ford Island, 10 December 1941, showing damage from the Japanese raid three days earlier. In upper left is the sunken California (BB-44), with smaller vessels clustered around her. Diagonally, from left center to lower right are: Maryland (BB-46), lightly damaged, with the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37) outboard. A barge is alongside Oklahoma, supporting rescue efforts.Tennessee (BB-43), lightly damaged, with the sunken West Virginia (BB-48) outboard. Arizona (BB-39), sunk, with her hull shattered by the explosion of the magazines below the two forward turrets. Note dark oil streaks on the harbor surface, originating from the sunken battleships.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-387565, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona86kWrecked at Pearl Harbor, 12 December 1941. Her forward magazines had exploded, destroying the ship, when she was hit by bombs during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack. By the date of this photo, the National Ensign was being flown from her mainmast, rather than at the stern.USNHC # NH 64473, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona476kThe burned-out, sunken wreck of Arizona (BB-39), photographed some days after the attack.Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona65kArizona (BB-39) sunk and burning, with the National Ensign still flying at her stern. See 013916b for comparison of placement of flag.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-32591, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona69kA small boat alongside the water level turrets of the blown up Arizona (BB-39), sometime between December 1941 and early February 1942. Photo courtesy of periscopefilm.com. Text i.d. courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona122kSunken wreckage of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) destroyed during Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.Photo courtesy of life.time.com
BB-39 Arizona203kSunken wreckage of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) destroyed during Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.Photo courtesy of life.time.com
BB-39 Arizona51kTwo views of the ship at the bottom of Pearl Harbor.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-39 Arizona 831k Salvage Schematic, February 1942.
This drawing was found by researcher Kathleen O'Connor at the San Bruno National Archives branch; it shows Arizona's (BB-39) state after the attack.
Source: NARA II, College Park, Maryland.
PDF submitted by Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
BB-39 Arizona134kView of the sunken battleship's forward superstructure, showing damage caused when her forward magazines exploded during the 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The photograph was taken on 17 February 1942, as work began to remove the collapsed wreckage. The crane in the left background was then removing Arizona's mainmast.USNHC # NH 83993, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona596kPort side view of deck crane and main deck details on the Arizona (BB-39) on 17 February 1942. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress; Library of Congress, HAER HI,2-HONLU,31--5, via Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona2.06kRear turrets of the Arizona (BB-39) with the West Virginia (BB-48) in the background. LOC Photo # 5558027940_1350a31bef_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona401kWreckage of the stern tripod mast. LOC Photo # 5948052184_6bd1b0a991_b courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-39 Arizona87k25 February 1942: Removing the 14" guns from Turrets #3 & 4. Of note is the amount of water being pumped out from both turrets and signs of oil on the water. USN photo & text courtesy of ibiblio.org via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona96kThe center gun of the Arizona's(BB-39) turret 4 is pulled free on 25 February, 1942. The turret had been rotated toward Ford Island to provide clearance for the gun's removal.From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor" by Dan Madsen.
National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona504kRear view of the upper rotating section of one of Arizona's (BB-39) aft turrets. The turret section has just been removed from it's shipboard position for removal and scrapping.Source: U.S. Navy, Photo No. Unknown, via Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona79kThe toppled, blackened foremast of the Arizona (BB-39) lies on a barge, 6 May, 1942. The foremast, surrounded by dense black smoke, would be one of the enduring images of the attack. But, in the spring of 1942, it was just so much scrap metal to be removed. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor" by Dan Madsen.
National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona247kTwo of Arizona (BB-39) mud encrusted 5"/51 after being removed.LOC Photo # 5557445397_218230d3cc_b courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-48 806k Admiral Chester W. Nimitz presents awards on the flight deck of the carrier Enterprise (CV-6) moored at Pearl Harbor on 5/27/1942. Note the battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) (capsized, nearest to camera) & West Virginia (BB-48) & Arizona (BB-39) behind her.
One of those visible receiving a medal is Dorie Miller, an African-American messman who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions on board the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Photo from the collection of Robert L. Lawson.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.272.007.
Pearl Harbor106kPearl Harbor, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii view looking northward, with the Navy Yard industrial area in the foreground and the Marine Barracks in the lower right, 28 July 1942. Ford Island is at left, with Oklahoma (BB-37) and Arizona (BB-39) under salvage nearby. San Diego (CL-53) is in the upper center.
West Virginia (BB-48) is in Drydock Number One, in the lower left, and California (BB-44) is alongside the wharf at the extreme right. Cruisers alongside the pier in right center are Northampton (CA-26) (left) and Pensacola (CA-24). Submarines alongside 1010 Dock, just beyond Drydock # 1, are Trout (SS-202), Pollack (SS-180), Dolphin (SS-169) and Cachalot (SS-170). Note camouflage on many of the Navy Yard's buildings.
Official USN photo # NH 84002, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.
BB-39 Arizona159kSalvage work on the Arizona (BB-39) taken in December, 1942. This photo shows the armored conning tower with all of the surrounding bridges, tripod foremast, and supporting superstructure already removed.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona607kLifting underwater wreckage aft of conning tower foundation, 19 April 1943.Photo courtesy of warbirds.com via Ron Reeves.
BB-39 Arizona880kArizona's (BB-39) foremast being removed, circa 1943.LOC Photo # 5557444905_f6f3fb65e6_o courtesy of David Valenzuela's Battleship Arizona Book Pics via flickr.com.
BB-37 Oklahoma 161k 6 May 1943 photo taken onboard the Oklahoma (BB-37), looking aft showing her quarterdeck and rear turrets. A good photo showing the still attached cables around both turret barbettes. In the background, the above water remains of the Arizona are all but gone. Guns from this turret were later embarked on Nevada (BB-36) and fired in anger against the Japnese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. From the book "Resurrection-Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor", by Dan Madsen. National Archives photo courtesy of Mike Green.
Partial text courtesy of ibiblio.org via Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona142kMembers of the diving crew emerge from water-filled compartments of the sunken battleship Arizona (BB-39) at Pearl Harbor, 25 May 1943. They are removing elements of the ships armament and other items for reuse. Arizona had been sunk in the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. Her hull was left where she sank, after removal of most of her superstructure and salvage of her after 14" gun turrets and other guns.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 64303, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona23kThe Preservation of the Arizona (BB-39) bell in this tower is dedicated to the memory of the men who lost their lives on Arizona in the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.
This bell is one of the two original bells salvaged from the Arizona in 1941. In 1944, Wilber L. Bill Bowers, UA Class of 1927, discovered this bell about to be melted down at the Puget Sound Naval Yard in Bremerton, Washington. Bowers saved the bell from destruction and was instrumental in acquiring the bell for the University of Arizona shortly after World War II.
The bell arrived on campus in July 1946. On 17 November 1951 the bell was rung for the first time in the clock tower of the then-new Memorial Student Union Building. 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 16 August 2002. Bill Bowers, at the age of 99, was given the honor of ringing the bell for the first time in its new belfry on 11 September 2002. This bell is to be rung seven times on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:07 p.m. to honor the achievements of the University of Arizona and its community. It is traditionally rung by the Student Body President on the Sunday before Pearl Harbor Day, on the Student Union’s birthday (18 November), and after Wildcat athletic victories (over any team except other Arizona schools).
Effective Wednesday, 16 April 2003, the Arizona Bell will be rung for significant University achievements on the third Wednesday each month. This includes academic achievements and awards for which a University of Arizona student, faculty or staff has received recognition in the previous thirty days. The Arizona Bell will be rung 7 times at 12:07pm in recognition of these outstanding achievements.
The other original bell is on display at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The photo was taken when the bell was originally mounted indoors. Since then it was moved to an outdoor bell tower.
Information & photo from the University of Arizona, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-39 Arizona144 Had Arizona (BB-39) survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, she would have been similarly altered to this rendering. Note the SC air search and MK3 fire control radar antennas, the MK 37 fire control directors and twin 5/inch 38 gun mounts, the 1.1-inch and 20mm machine guns, and the measure 12 camouflage painting scheme. Text & drawing by Alan E. Chesley, courtesy of Leeward Publications, P.O. Box 149, Annapolis MD 21404.
BB-39 Arizona71k The Arizona (BB-39) after turrets were determined to be salvageable after her sinking. The Army in 1943 intended to incorporate these turrets into the costal defense of Hawaii. Named Batteries Pennsylvania and Arizona, they were to be placed on the tip of Mokapu Peninsula, to cover the eastern portions of Oahu, and on Kahe Point, to cover the south and west, respectively. Only battery Pennsylvania was completed and it was test fired on V-J day when it instantly became obsolete. Courtesy of Leeward Publications, P.O. Box 149, Annapolis MD 21404.
BB-39 Arizona131k Here armor is being assembled for battery Pennsylvania. Courtesy of Leeward Publications, P.O. Box 149, Annapolis MD 21404.
BB-39 Arizona33kDrawing from underwater survey conducted on Arizona (BB-39) showing her lying on the bottom.Courtesy of the National Park Service.
BB-39 Arizona397Drawing from underwater survey conducted on Arizona (BB-39) showing her lying on the bottom and detailing her damage. Courtesy of the National Park Service.
BB-39 Arizona161kDamage to the Arizona (BB-39) from the attack and salvage operations. This image shows the current state of the Arizona, compared to a drawing of its pre-war condition in the background. Note in particular the way the two forward turrets have dropped.
The exploding magazines were directly under these turrets and destroyed the structural support for the gun turrets and barbettes on which they rested. The foremast toppled forward for the same reason. During salvage operations, divers attempting to enter this area from further aft reported that the ship's decks gradually pinched together until further progress forward became impossible.
Salvage operations involved removing the two main gun turrets aft, all of the ships superstructure and the guns from turret two. In the area of the most damage, the hull above the ship's main armor belt is missing, apparently as a combination of the explosion and subsequent salvage which involved the removal of metal from the hull that was projecting out from the side of the ship. The plans of the sunken Arizona are from the publication, Submerged cultural resources study. Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor national historic landmark, the report by the National Park Service on the survey work they did during the 1980's. The background drawing is adapted from Breyer, Siegfried. Battleships and Battle Cruisers, 1905-1970.
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BB-39 Arizona84kAdmiral Arthur W. Radford, USN, Commander in Chief, Pacific, and CinC, Pacific Fleet leads the procession during memorial services on board the wreck of Arizona (BB-39), 7 December 1950, on the 9th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-K-11244, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona492kAerial view of the hull of the Arizona(BB-39) , as seen sometime in the 1950s, prior to the construction of the Arizona Memorial.Photo courtesy of US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.029.056a via Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona117kArizona Memorial Pearl Harbor. The ID pennant on the motor whaleboat is ComDesDiv 132. The picture was taken from O'Brien (DD-725) in 1954. Courtesy of Roy Thomas.
BB-39 Arizona46kView of the Arizona (BB-39) from the flight deck of Essex (CV-9) in 1954. Contributed by AT3 Richard J. Havener.
BB-39 Arizona695k Late 1950s view of early construction on the Arizona Memorial.Photo courtesy of US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.029.081 via Mike Green.
BB-39 Arizona86kBennington (CVA-20) passes the wreck of Arizona (BB-39) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Memorial Day, 31 May 1958. Bennington's crew is in formation on the flight deck, spelling out a tribute to the Arizona crewmen who were lost in the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Note the outline of Arizona's hull and the flow of oil from her fuel tanks. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 1036055, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona102kArizona Memorial Pearl Harbor, Hawaii photographed on 29 May 1962, with Ford Island in the background, at left.Official USN photo USNHC # USN 1061040, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona75kThe U.S. Flag flies over the memorial, as seen from its interior, July 1962.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-1072409, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona83kArizona Memorial Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The marble northwestern interior wall of the memorial, with the names of the men lost with Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Photographed by PH2 Thomas on 24 January 1963.Official USN photo USNHC # USN 1067058, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona85kCoral Sea (CVA-43) passes the Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 18 April 1963. Photographed by PHCS Robert A. Carlisle, USN.Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97325-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona778kPresident John F. Kennedy visits the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, 9 June 1963. Left to right: unidentified; White House Secret Service agent, Gerald A. “Jerry” Behn; Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC), Admiral Harry D. Felt; Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii); unidentified; President Kennedy; Governor John A. Burns of Hawaii; Representative Spark M. Matsunaga (Hawaii); Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral U. S. Grant Sharp, Jr.; White House Secret Service agents, Tony Sherman and Ron Pontius. [Blemishes on image are original to the negative.] JFK would later lay a wreath. Photo # JFKWHP-KN-C28989 & JFKWHP-KN-C29004 by Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, courtesy of jfklibrary.org..
BB-39 Arizona184kPhotographed on 21 August 1963, looking toward the morning sun. Photographed by PH1 R.C. Moen.Official USN photo USNHC # USN 1088057, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona57Wreck of the Arizona (BB-39), May 17 1969.Copyright by Richard Leonhardt.
BB-39 Arizona214k Mural Dedication Program for the Arizona Memorial. The mural was painted by New York artist Kipp Soldwedel. It was unveiled and dedicated on Memorial Day 1969. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona485kA view of one of the two bells used on the Arizona (BB-39). The bell has been placed at the entrance to the Arizona Memorial. In the background, a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is taking place, 7 December 1981. USN photo # DN-SN-82-04604, by JOCS John D. Burlage, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona100kThe Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Photographed by Lieutenant Commander Tracy D. Connors, USN (Retired), June 1987. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97326-KN, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona62.57k A closeup of a model of the wrecked Arizona (BB-39), 28 February 1988. The model, designed by Robert Sumerall, is based on architectural drawings and measurements taken by Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One during Project Sea Mark, a four-year undersea survey and mapping study of naval historic sites. The study is being conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Park Services's Submerged Cultural Resource Unit. USN photo # DN-ST-88-03857, by Lt Cmdr. Tracy Connors, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona618k A close-up view of architectural drawings used by members of Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One as they survey the wreck of the Arizona (BB-39), during Project Sea Mark, a four-year undersea survey and mapping study of naval historic sites. USN photo # DN-ST-88-03858, by Lt Cmdr. Tracy Connors, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona593kA 1/96th scale model of the wrecked Arizona (BB-39) which was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 . USN photo # DN-ST-88-01462, by Lt Cmdr. Tracy Connors,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona467kA 1/96th scale model of the wrecked Arizona (BB-39) and the memorial which spans its hull. USN photo # DN-ST-88-01463, by Lt Cmdr. Tracy Connors, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona142kMembers of Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 1 and a Park Service member examine a 1/96th scale model of the wrecked Arizona (BB-39) and the memorial which spans its hull. USN photo # DN-ST-88-01465, by Lt Cmdr. Tracy Connors, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona60kA bugler plays taps as the remains of a crew member of the battleship Arizona (BB-39) are committed to the sunken vessel during a memorial service at the Arizona Memorial on 13 September 1990. The remains, stored in a canister, will be dropped into an opening in the battleship's submerged hull. USN photo # DN-ST-90-11917, by PH1 Mike D.P. Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona520k An aerial view of the Arizona Memorial on 1 June 1991 at the northeast end of Ford Island, with markers in the background indicating battleships lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. USN photo # DN-SC-93-04706, by PH3 BOS, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona541kThe U.S. Pacific Fleet Band performs for Arizona (BB-39) survivors and their families during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center, 4 December 1991. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 7 December 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, and the band is performing the music played by sailor musicians aboard several battleships during a "Battle of Music" competition in 1941. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05776, by JOC(AW) Chet King, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona790kAlfred Preis, designer of the Arizona Memorial, speaks during an observance of the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 6 December 1991. Photo # DN-SC-92-06648 by JOC(AW) Gloria Montgomery, & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona663k Arizona (BB-39) survivors and their families view the schematic of the battleship at the Arizona Memorial following Remembrance Day ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 7 December 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The schematic shows the configuration of the battleship before and after the bombing.Photo # DN-SC-92-05786 by JOC(AW) Gloria Montgomery, & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona828kArizona (BB-39) II, scale model. USN photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-39 Arizona88k Painting above as you enter the Arizona Memorial. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona786k Painting by John Charles Roach of the Arizona (BB-39) underway which appears in the Arizona Memorial. Photo contributed by Chris Howell.
BB-39 Arizona75kAn Acrylic on illustration board by the Official Navy Artist DM2 Robert Adam Malin, entitled Arizona Memorial was done as part of the RIMPAC 98 operation. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) pulls in to relieve Independence (CVA-62) in Pearl Harbor. Missouri (BB-63) is in the background. U.S.S. Arizona Memorial,
Robert Adam Malin
Acrylic on illustration board, 1998, 98-110-D, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-39 Arizona351k View from the bridge of the memorial Missouri (BB-63) looking up battleship row toward the Arizona (BB-39) which spans the sunken battleship lost on 7 December 1941. In the background is the Admiral Bernard Clarey Bridge to Ford Island. Aiea Heights is in the distant background, 1 Jun 2000. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-02-05610, by PHC Don S. Montgomery, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona350kVisitors prepare to enter the Arizona Memorial while the National ensign flies at half mast during a ceremony to commemorate the 61st Anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony is held annually at the Arizona Memorial.Courtesy of Bernard A. Cardali.
BB-39 Arizona826k View of the starboard side of the Arizona (BB-39) showing one of the 5/51 caliber foundation ring. The sunken ship rests at an 8 degree angle so this side of the ship is partially out of the water at low tide, 3 Jun 2000. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-02-05624, by PHC Don S. Montgomery, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona768k View looking down on the portside of the Arizona (BB-39) showing the foundation of the case mate for the 5/51 caliber guns, 3 Jun 2000. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-02-05623, by PHC Don S. Montgomery, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona733k View looking down on the port side of the Arizona (BB-39) showing bulwark, railing around the deck of a ship. In the center, the box like structures are the ovens in the galley section with cooking utensils and china scattered about in the slit. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-02-05622, by PHC Don S. Montgomery, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona963kA bronze plaque commemorates the loss of the Arizona (BB-39) at quarry Fox no. 7 on the morning of 7 December 1941 during the opening moments of the Japanese attack. In the background the Arizona Memorial spans the sunken hulk of the gallant ship where lie entombed more than 1100 of her fallen crew, 8 Jun 2000. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-02-05677, by PHC Don S. Montgomery, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona81k A marker inside the shrine room of the Arizona (BB-39) listing the names of survivors of the sinking of the battleship that have since been interned aboard the sunken ship upon their passing. There were 268 survivors who may be interned on their fallen ship. This marker names those who have chosen to do so. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-02-05626, by PHC Don S. Montgomery, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona97kPearl Harbor, the forward section on the Arizona (BB-39). You can see where the bow (marked by float), turret 2, and part of the superstructure is. Also the mooring quays where the Arizona, Tennessee (BB-43) and West Virginia (BB-48) were moored are off in the distance. Nowadays, those have been removed and a pier put in its place and the Missouri (BB-63) now occupies this spot. Courtesy of Lacy Lee.
BB-39 Arizona424kMembers of the U.S. Marine Corps Rifle Detail perform a 21-gun salute during the 62nd Pearl Harbor Anniversary ceremony of the attack on Pearl Harbor, held aboard the Arizona Memorial. More than 250 distinguished visitors and veterans were expected to attend the ceremony which also included the guided missile destroyer O'Kane (DDG-77) rendering honors, more than 40 wreath presentations, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. The Guest Speaker was Commander, U. S. Pacific Command, Adm. Thomas B. Fargo. USN photo # N-5024R-087 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Johnnie R. Robbins, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona296kThe Arizona Memorial is bathed in light from a neighboring community the night before the 62nd Commemoration of the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 250 distinguished visitors and veterans will attend the ceremony and will include the guided-missile destroyer O'Kane (DDG-77) rendering honors, followed by more than 40 wreath presentations, a 21-gun salute and the playing taps. The guest speaker will be Commander U. S. Pacific Command, Adm. Thomas B. Fargo.USN photo # N-3228G-001 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class William R. Goodwin., courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona241kFlowers drift past exposed parts of the sunken battleship Arizona during the 62nd Commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the Arizona Memorial. More than 250 distinguished visitors and veterans were expected to attend the ceremony which also included the guided missile destroyer O'Kane (DDG-77) rendering honors, more than 40 wreath presentations, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. Adm. Fargo was the guest speaker at the commemoration. USN photo # N-3228G-021 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class William R. Goodwin., courtesy of news.navy.mil.
World War II Memorial371k A quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona129k Navy Region Hawaii Command Master Chief Luis R. Cruz and Force Master Chief Michael Banko, present flags to David and Tony Czarnecki, the sons of Chief Machinist's Mate Anthony Francis Czarnecki during a burial at sea ceremony 30 September 2004 aboard the Arizona Memorial. Czarnecki and his brother Stanley both served aboard the battleship Arizona (BB-39). Czarnecki and his brother were among 36 sets of brothers assigned to Arizona during the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Czarnecki's brother was killed in the attack and Czarnecki's last wish was to be returned to Arizona to be with his brother and shipmates upon his passing. There were also 29 sets of twins and 4 sets of triplets were among the dead aboard the ship. USN photo # N-4995T-103 by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Victoria A. Tullock, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona257k Wreaths lay in the shrine room of the Arizona Memorial on the eve of the 63rd Commemoration of the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, 6 December 2004. More than 200 distinguished visitors and Pearl Harbor survivors will attend the ceremony. The keynote speaker for the event will be Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Vice Adm. Gary Roughead. USN photo # N-3019M-001 by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona289k With the Arizona Memorial in the background, U.S. Marines fire a nineteen-gun salute in honor of the arrival of Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Vern Clark, during the Change of Command for Commander Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, 6 July 2005.
Adm. Gary Roughead relieved Adm. Walter F. Doran as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Navy's largest area of responsibility in a ceremony pier side at the Battleship Missouri Memorialon Ford's Island. The Pacific Fleet is made up of approximately 200 ships and 1,400 aircraft, and more than 190,000 Sailors, Marines and civilians.
USN photo # N-9076B-038 by Chief Photographer's Mate Donald Bray, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona241kU.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Louis Magana echoes taps on his bugle during a ceremony on 14 November 2005 dedicating a new flagstaff and display of bronze plaques commemorating 73 Marines who gave their lives and 15 survivors of the attack on the battleship Arizona (BB-39) at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. The memorial features the names of the 88 Marines stationed aboard Arizona during the attack, a piece of steam pipe from Arizona's original hull, the National Ensign, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps flag. USN photo # N-3019M-004 by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona273kChief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen prepares to toss a flower into the well aboard the Arizona Memorial after the 64th commemoration of the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 December 2005. The ceremony, which included remarks by keynote speaker Mullen, is held annually to honor those who served during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. USN photo # N-3019M-019, by Journalist 2nd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona287k Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Yochebed Israel pilots a tour boat from the Arizona Memorial Detachment during a tour of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona relics by a group of Sailors from the Pearl Harbor Surface Navy Association (SNA) on 16 March 2006. USN photo # N-9643K-003, by Chief Journalist Joe Kane, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona696kSailors from the Pearl Harbor Surface Navy Association (SNA) visit the site of the Arizona relics. The Arizona relics are parts of Arizona (BB-39) that were removed from the water and placed on shore near Pearl Harbor's West Loch. USN photo # N-9643K-007, by Chief Journalist Joe Kane, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona310k National Park Service Ranger Daniel Martinez addresses a group of Sailors from the Pearl Harbor Surface Navy Association (SNA) at the site of the Arizona relics. USN photo # N-9643K-010, by Chief Journalist Joe Kane, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona107kRecent sunset pic of the Arizona (BB-39) and the from the fantail of the Pecos (T-AO 197). Photo courtesy of Shawn P. Ward.
BB-39 Arizona366kThe Arizona Memorial can be seen in the distance from the Healing Field Flag Memorial at Pearl Harbor for the 66th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 2007. The Healing Field at Pearl Harbor featured 2,804 flags, each standing eight-feet tall, to commemorate each service member killed 7 December 1941. USN photo # N-3283M-035 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Murphy, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona330kNational Park Service divers hold the remains of U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class Charles Guerin Jr. during an interment ceremony at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 December 2008. Guerin was a former Sailor stationed aboard Arizona (BB-39) during the 7 December 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. DoD photo # N-0535P-253 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay C. Pugh, U.S. Navy.
BB-39 Arizona200kOn December 23 the granddaughter of a Pearl Harbor Sailor, her husband and their four daughters came to Oahu to visit Arizona (BB-39) where her grandfather is entombed.
Mary Kidd-Plumer is the granddaughter of Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, who was aboard the ill-fated Arizona as the commander Battleship Division 1 and chief of staff to Commander, Battleships, Battle Force.
Sixty-seven years ago, the early Sunday morning calm was broken with the roar of Japanese planes, machine gun fire and explosions from torpedoes that ripped through the hulls of the still gray ships nestled in the harbor.
On 7 December 1941, Kidd was killed in action on board Arizona during the Pearl Harbor raid. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack. He is one of the 1,177 Sailors and Marines who died on board Arizona.
Today, a memorial stands in honor of Kidd and the 1,176 other men. Their names and ranks are inscribed on the memorial, where Plummer and her family, along with millions of others, have come to pay their respects.
According to Plummer, who last visited the memorial at the age of 2, she was delighted to have returned and share the experience with her family.
"The last time I was here I was two-years old," said Plummer, now 50 and the youngest of six. "My mother's got a picture somewhere of the visit with dad holding me, and all of us standing around on a plank looking at the Arizona. That was long before the Arizona Memorial was built."
Along with her husband Gary, their daughters, Corrinne age 21, Angelique, age 19, Natalie, age 18, and the youngest, Michelle, age 16, visited the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center prior taking the Navy boat to the memorial.
There -- along with numerous artifacts, paintings and inscriptions -- stands a larger-than-life display of her grandfather.
Michelle felt honored to know she is a living legacy of a true American hero as she read the inscriptions and gazed at the artifacts. Some say, they notice similarities between Kidd and his visiting great granddaughters. As Michele stood in front of the display, it was as though Kidd, whose portrait once adorned the very walls of the Kidd household, now looks out to the visitors, and now family, visiting him.
"It's really amazing. I didn't know this was here – the display with things found on the Arizona," said Michelle. "I am very proud of my grandfather and great grandfather for what they did for the Navy and how they supported our country."
The eldest daughter, Corrinne, was also impressed by what she saw and is proud of her family's heritage, but at the same time felt it strange to see the display.
"It is very surreal seeing all of this because we see our grandfather and great grandfather as just family," said Corrinne. "It's so amazing to realize that so many people feel our level of compassion. It's a great feeling."
Corrinne is poised to keep the family tradition of naval service alive. She is now considering a commission through officer candidate school (OCS) and becoming a surface warfare officer (SWO), like her grandfather and great grandfather.
"If I go to OCS, it would probably be to be a SWO. It runs in the family. We definitely have the family bloodline; it's our calling and passion. I learned to walk at the Naval Academy. It's where I took my first steps, and that's where our grandfather's buried," Corrinne said.
At the memorial, Plummer and her family said prayers to her grandfather, as well as for the Sailors and Marines who lay with him. They quietly dropped flower petals from a lei given to Plummer as a token of appreciation to her family.
Plummer was humbled by the experience.
"It makes us all so proud," said Plummer. "It is because of men like them that we are all here today and it is a true honor to be here and we are so proud of all of them."
USN photo # N-0879R-011 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Rush, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona400k The Arizona's (BB-39) Anchor in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park located in front of the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Az.Courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-39 Arizona109kArizona's (BB-39) Mast in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park located in front of the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Az.Courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-39 Arizona426k A 14-inch gun barrel from the battleship Arizona (BB-39) begins its move from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in Virginia to Phoenix, Ariz. on 10 April 2012. The gun barrel, removed from Arizona to be relined before World War II, was at the Dahlgren Naval Proving Ground for proof testing when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred 7 December 1941. The state of Arizona is also moving a Missouri (BB-63) gun barrel from Norfolk Naval Shipyard's St. Julien's Creek Annex to exhibit with the Arizona gun. These two barrels represent "bookends" of World War II, the beginning and end of the war. USN photo # N-DI674-005 by John J. Joyce courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Ron Revees.
BB-39 Arizona579kBuilder 2nd Class Keith Reed, from Construction Dive Detachment Alpha, part of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 out of Port Hueneme, Calif., dives over the remains of the Arizona (BB-39) on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on 21 March 2013. UCT-2 provides a capability for construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance of ocean facilities in support of Naval and Marine Corps operations. USN photo # N-WX059-273 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey, courtesy of navy.news.mil.

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Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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