Follow Us

Follow us   

The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 7, 1941
USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor
The surprise attack by Japanese forces on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor commenced at 0755 on Sunday morning 7 December 1941. ... The USS Arizona along with other battleships were moored near Ford Island. The first wave of torpedo planes launched their torpedoes at Arizona but missed their target. Moments later high level bombers attacked with the ship sustaining 8 bomb hits from this attack. One bomb hit on the forecastle glancing off the face plate of Turret 2, penetrating the deck to explode in the black powder magazine which set off the adjacent smokeless powder magazine. ... Acts of heroism on the part of the battleship's officers and men were many, headed by those of LCDR Samuel G. Fuqua, the ship's damage control officer, whose coolness in attempting to quell the fires and get survivors off the ship earned him the Medal of Honor. Posthumous awards of the Medal of Honor also went to RADM Isaac Kidd, the first flag officer to be killed in the Pacific war, and to CAPT Van Valkenburgh, who reached the bridge and was attempting to fight his ship when the bomb hit on the magazines destroyed her. ... A cataclysmic explosion ripped through the forward part of the ship, touching off fires which burned for two days. Majority of crewmembers were either killed by the explosion and fire or were trapped by the rapid sinking of the ship. Of the 1400 aboard ARIZONA that fateful day, 1177 perished.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 1177

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Walter Coburn USN
F 2c Clarence Cooper USN
GM 2c Cecil Crowe USN
F 1c J Hampton USN
SK 3c William Hays USN
MM 2c Anthony Hessdorfer USN
F 3c Lowell Holmes USN
Sea 1c Kenneth Gebhardt USN
Y 3c Harold Givens USN
Mus 2c Curtis Haas USN
Matt 1c Simon Fitch USN
Cox Alvie Fortenberry USN
FC 2c Richard Eulberg USN
Ens Jack Emery USN
EM 3c Jerald Dullum USN
Cox Lyle Dean USN
QM 2c Richard Kruger USN
F 3c Leonard Larson USN
Sea 1c Brosig Kolajajck USN
Sea 1c Charles Kennington USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.