Arizona was directly bombed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. She exploded and sank, killing 1,177 officers and crewmen. Unlike many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day, Arizona could not be fully salvaged, though the Navy removed parts of the ship for reuse. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated in 1962 to all those who died during the attack, straddles the ship's hull.
USS Arizona in The War That Came EarlyEdit
The USS Arizona temporarly served as the flagship of the United States Navy's Pacific fleet in early 1941, after Japan attacked the United States. During the first battle between the Japanese and American fleets, Japan proved triumphant. The Arizona was sunk, and the American fleet's commander, Admiral Husband Kimmel, opted to go down with her.