On Dec 7, 1941, Japan performed a sneak attack on the US at Pearl Harbor, the attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) and damaged four more; other damages included three destroyers, three cruisers, 188 aircraft with 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded. There are less than a dozen survivors left, at last count. Many have requested they be interred with their shipmates onboard ARIZONA. They are listed on the small bench on the lower left of the picture below.
Everyone knows about the USS ARIZONA, but few know about the ships on the other side of Ford Island. USS UTAH, USS RALEIGH, USS DETROIT, and USS TANGIER.
This is all that is left of the USS UTAH. Today a monument is located on the far side Ford Island near the rusting remains. It replaced a bronze plaque which had been placed on the wreck in the late 1940s. The monument is not listed on most tourist brochures and the memorial attracts few visitors. The official USS UTAH association website is linked here: http://ussutah.org/ and the Historical Naval Ships Association webpage on Utah is here: http://hnsa.org/ships/utah.htm and the Naval History and Heritage Webpage is here: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-u/bb31-y.htm
The USS RALEIGH was badly damaged, but the DETROIT and TANGIER escaped.
This day does live in infamy…