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Transcript of USS Arizona
The USS Arizona, the America's most famous and visited shipwreck, is a 600 foot long Pennsylvania class battleship. The USS Arizona was sunk during World War II when the Japanese made a surprise attack on the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
You can still visit the amazing memorial in Honolulu Hawaii at http://www.pacifichistoricparks.org/phh_park_info.php?gclid=CMWI3O-Zz8kCFc6RHwodaIAN1g
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Ironically, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had sent the USS Arizona to Hawaii to deter Japanese imperialism. A total of 1,117 US Navy personnel died and only 4 survivors survived when the Arizona sank. The ship's sinking was caused by a massive explosion, probably in the powder magazines that powered her big guns.
When the Navy could not salvage her, the USS Arizona's superstructure was removed and placed on the battleship Nevada, which fired them at Japanese territory. Some of the guns were also used as battery to defend Hawaii. A floating memorial now marks the site of the USS Arizona. The ashes of many survivors of the Arizona's sinking have been interned on the ship. Oil still leaks from the Arizona's hull, making her a threat to the environment.
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