If anyone is ever in the Great State of Hawaii the Arizona Memorial is a MUST to vist and pay your respects. On more than one occasion as a Service Member on a Naval Vessel entering the port of Pearl Harbor I have had the Honor of "MANNING THE RAIL" and saluting the memorial. This is done by Every U.S. Naval and Merchant Marine vessel entering the harbor, EVERY TIME.
While having visited many of the Memorials, and Sites, Arlington Cementary, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Viet Nam War Memorial and others from the Revalutionary War on this one touches me the most. To realize it is a Cematary to over 1,000 of my comrades. The Memorial sits astradle the sunkin ship and does not touch it. They are on two seperate registers. BB 39 is listed as a Ship Wreak and is a Registered U.S. Military Cematery. the Memorial as a U.S. Memorial...TWO Seperate things.
Thanks to greyhawk50 for the rememberance and to all for their respect.
There were 1.4 million gallons of fuel on the USS Arizona when she sank. Over 60 years later, approximately nine quarts still surfaces from the ship each day. Some Pearl Harbor survivors have referred to the oil droplets as "Black Tears."