The USS Nevada (BB-36) was a US Navy battleship stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. Her sister ship was the USS Oklahoma. The Nevada suffered a minimum of six bomb hits and one torpedo hit during the attack. Fifty seven crewmembers died, and over 100 more were wounded.
On December 7, 2015, the National Park Service and the United States Navy co-hosted the 74th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was held at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The USS Arizona (BB-39) was a US Navy battleship stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. Built in the 1910s, she was commissioned in 1916 and later transferred to the Pacific Fleet. The USS Arizona was bombed in the first few minutes of the Pearl Harbor attack. She exploded and sank, killing 1,177 officers and crewmen.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented wreaths at the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the service members killed during the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. They later spoke at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the USS Arizona Memorial.
On April 15, 2017, Raymond Haerry, one of the last remaining USS Arizona survivors, was returned to his ship during a sunset memorial and interment ceremony. His granddaughter, Ms. Jessica Marino, and her immediate family were present. The ceremony was hosted by the National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii.
Haerry served in WWII and the Korean War. After the war, he taught at the officer candidate school in Newport, R.I., until his retirement in 1964 as a master chief petty officer.
Master Chief Haerry passed away on Sept. 27, 2016 in Rhode Island. He was 94.
Five USS Arizona survivors remain.
Photos by Elaine Simon, Pacific Historic Parks.
The USS Oklahoma was a Nevada-class battleship commissioned in 1916. She served in WWI, protecting convoys crossing the Atlantic. Modernized in the late 1920s, Oklahoma was sent to the Pacific in the late 1930s.
On December 7, 1941, Oklahoma's port (left) side was hit by eight torpedoes at the very start of the attack. In less than twelve minutes, she rolled over until her masts touched the bottom, trapping hundreds of men inside and under the water. Four hundred twenty-nine crew members died. Of those trapped inside, only 32 were rescued.