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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 Melvin Root USN
OC 1c Simon Romano USN
OC 2c Filomeno Santos USN
MM 1c James Robertson USN
Sea 1c Mark Rhodes USN
SK 3c Edwin Puckett USN
FC 2c Elroy Peterson USN
Sea 1c Alonzo Pearce USN
Sea 2c Lonnie Oglesby USN
WT 1c Charles Murdock USN
Sea 2c Edward Morse USN
CTC Lawrence Nelson USN
GM 3c Russell Tanner USN
Sea 1c Randall Thomas USN
F 1c Maurice Spotz USN
F 2c Gerald Stillings USN
CWT William Tisdale USN
Cox Fred Zimmerman USN
RM 3c Jack Williams USN
Sea 1c Vernon Woods USN


Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.