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I remember the last time I was here. In 1970 on R&R from Vietnam. I went out to the Arizona and it is a somber experience, as are all memorials to our war dead.
This time I was pressed for time as I was flying out that afternoon. So I avoided the lines and walked around the park.

The USS Arizona Memorial is a part of our National Park System.

The Park entrance

The Memorial
On a quiet Sunday morning December 7, 1941 a Japanese surprise air attack left the Pacific Fleet in smoldering heaps of broken, twisted steel. Here, peace was interrupted and paradise lost. In hours, 2,390 futures were stolen, 1177 of these casualties from the battleship Arizona.
Today, visitors come from around the world to see the USS Arizona Memorial, which spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship. The national memorial is designed to encourage quiet contemplation, and to appeal to our memory and sense of sacrifice.
Source: U.S. National Park Service


The last of it's class
USS Missouri, "Mighty Mo" is best known as the site where General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, on 2 September 1945, officially accepted the surrender of Japan, ending World War II.
The ship was the fourth and last of the Iowa class as well as the final battleship to be commissioned by the Navy. Missouri received a total of eight battle stars, three for World War II and five for Korea and served in the First Gulf War.
She rests a mere 1,000 yards (900 m) behind Arizona, solemly marking America's entry into and exit from the Second World War.

USS Bowfin returned from drydocking and a much needed facelift on October 19, 2004. She is in great shape and open the public for tours.
BOWFIN received the Presidential Unit Citation for her second war patrol, the Navy Unit Commendation for her sixth war patrol, and eight battle stars during World War II. She served our country until 1971.


The Pearl Harbor Avenger
I didn't go aboard the BOWFIN. As I said, I was pressed for time, and down to hours left in Hawaii. I'm assuming she's at least as big as the Russian submarine I was on in Vladivostok. With more than half of her under water, it's hard to tell without going aboard.
The BOWFIN is listed as National Historic Landmark.

Her conning tower

This is a mockup of the tower

Mark 14 Steam-driven torpedo, the Navy's primary torpedo

Regulus 1, a drome probably used for target practice for
anti-aircraft missiles

On left is the Polaris A-3, a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile. On the right is an internationally recognized symbol of freedom.

The new bridge across Pearl Harbor

And once again Hawaiian flowers

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