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BB-39 USS ARIZONA
1919 - 1929


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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 Arizona32k"The Arizona (BB-39) leading the returning home overseas fleet into New York Harbor through a snow storm and half a gale."Times Photo Service, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 5 January 1919, Page 6, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. Photo added 06/19/08.
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, & text courtesy of Defense Visual Information Center, dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-39 Arizona130kThe Arizona's (BB-39) upper rear turret is trained partly to port in what is probably the review at N.Y. City. Ca. 1919.Photo contributed by Robert Hurst. Photo taken from U.S. Warships of World War One, by P.H. Silverstone.
New York Harbor46k"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.
Photo by Paul Thompson, text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 31 December 1919, courtesy of memory.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 octagonal searchlight platforms are higher up on the masts.USN photo.
BB-39 Arizona34k 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-39 Arizona77kAt Guantanamo Bay in January, 1920, she is fitted with flying off platforms on #2 and #3 turrets. Octagonal searchlight controls are higher up on her masts than in photo #6.USNHC # NH 57651, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-39 Arizona44kTransiting 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 Arizona80k Arizona (BB-39) traverses the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal on 20 Jan 1921. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-39 Arizona76kThe Arizona (BB-39) leaving Pedro Miguel Locks, Canal Zone, 20 Jan 1921.USN photo.
Atlantic and Pacific Fleets49k "Combined Atlantic and Pacific Fleets in Panama Bay, Jan. 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 Arizona50k Arizona (BB-39) dated 23 Feb 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 Arizona130kSeen here at Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1921.USNI / USN photo.
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-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 of Pottsville PA. Photo and text submitted by Bruce D. Liddell.
BB-39 Arizona104k U.S. Pacific Fleet at anchor in Lahaina Roads, Maui, Hawaii, 14 Feb. 1923.Courtesy of Edgar Combs.
BB-39 Arizona50k Ensign Arleigh A. Burke, USN, standing beneath the 14-inch guns of Arizona (BB-39) as a newly-commissioned Navy officer, 1923. USNHC # NH 100260, now in the collections of the National Archives. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, 1975.
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 Arizona60k Arizona (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 Arizona71k Starboard View, mid 1920's. Courtesy of Jon Burdett.
BB-39 Arizona67k Circa 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 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 Arizona173kArizona(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, photo submitted by Fabio Pena.
BB-39 Arizona46k 1920's 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.USN photo, contributed by Mike Green, courtesy of Leeward Publications.
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 Arizona80k1920's Xmas card from Arizona's (BB-39) Junior officers. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
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 Nevada350kNevada (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.
US Navy 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 Arizona51kShown in dry dock during her 1929 - 1930 overhaul and modernization at the Norfolk Navy yard.USN photo.

USS Arizona BB-39 History
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(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

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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