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BB-39 ARIZONA
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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 Monument 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 60 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..."

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BB-39 Arizona88k Painting above as you enter the Arizona Memorial. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona87k Painting by John Charles Roach of the Arizona (BB-39) underway which appears in the Arizona Memorial. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
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 casemate 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 portside of the Arizona (BB-39) showing balwark, 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 quary 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 Arizona36kThe Naval Station Cerimonial Guard prepares to perform morning colors as the US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser Port Royal (CG-73) passes in review on the Arizona (BB-39) during the 7 December 2002 Commemoration Ceremony.Courtesy of Bernard A. Cardali.
BB-39 Arizona97kPearl Harbor, the forward section on the Arizona . You can see where the bow (marked by float), turret nbr 2, and part of the superstructure is. Also the mouring quays where the Arizona (BB-39) Tennessee (BB-43) and West Virginia (BB-48) were moured 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 Arizona298k The Sun rises behind the Arizona Memorialon the morning of the Lincoln Battle Group arrival to Pearl Harbor, 26 Apr. 2003.The Lincoln Battle Group pulled a few days of liberty in Pearl Harbor at the end of their 10-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.U.S. Navy photo # N-5024R-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Johnnie R. Robbins., courtesy of news.navy.mil.
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. U.S. Navy 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.U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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 Sept. 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 will be formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. U.S. Navy 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 Sept. 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo # N-3019M-001 by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona199k Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Vice Adm. Gary Roughead, is piped aboard the Arizona Memorial during the 63rd commemoration of the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo # N-3019M-006 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 Memorial on 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.
U.S. Navy 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 Nov. 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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 Missouri Memorial 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. U.S. Navy photo # N-3283M-035 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Murphy, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-39 Arizona200kOn Dec. 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 Dec. 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 ag 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."
U.S. Navy photo # N-0879R-011 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Rush, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Photo added 01/08/09.

USS Arizona BB-39 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ruth Campbell
Address: PO Box 14435 Tucson, AZ, 85732-4435
Phone: 520-529-7494
E-mail: rcmpbll@comcast.net


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39) Web Site at the University Of Arizona

U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39)Facts
by Lorraine E. Marks (Haislip)
Home of the Heros, U.S.S. Arizona

HyperWar Pacific Theater of Operations.
Pearl Harbor Attack: Commander Battle Force Action Report Naval Historical Center

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