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Arizona

Ship Designation: 
BB-39
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
GM 2c Brinley Varchol USN
F 3c Ralph Wallace USN
Ens Eric Young USN
RM 3c Ray Wilson USN
F 2c Lenvil Watkins USN
Sea 1c John Whitaker USN
Sea 1c Vernon White USN
F 3c Dewey Busick USN
GM 1c Jay Alley USN
F 2c Earnest Angle USN
WT 2c Miller Aydell USN
Ens Edward Bates USN
Sea 1c James Benson USN
RM 3c Wesley Bishop USN
CMM Richard Borger USN
F 2c Johnnie Broadhead USN
Sea 1c Leland Bryan USN
Sea 2c Raymond Camden USN
F 1c George Catsos USN
Sea 1c Robert Clarke USN

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Submitted by Capt. Robt. Strange USN Ret.