In Memorial: The Brothers of the USS Arizona

USS Arizona (December 7, 1941)

To all the military men and women who have sacrificed so much for us, I offer up a small tribute to those who were killed at Pearl Harbor onboard the USS Arizona.  

I knew that the Arizona had suffered a lot of casualties on December 7th, 1941, but I didn’t realize that of the 2,400 servicemen and civilians killed that fateful day, 1,177 of them were the officers and crew of the Arizona.  I also didn’t realize that there were 38 sets of brothers who served onboard this battleship, including 3 sets of 3 brothers and a set of twins.  Of the 79 brothers, 63 died during the attack.  

Also onboard the Arizona that day was a father and son team: Thomas Free, Machinist Mate 1st Class from Texas, and his son William, Seaman 2nd Class. Both killed in action.

Hopefully, between the barbecues, the baseball games, and the sun and sand, us oh so privileged Americans will remember the contributions and the sacrifices of our servicemen and women.

A happy and safe Memorial Weekend to all.


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4 Responses to In Memorial: The Brothers of the USS Arizona

  1. Glen A. Amos says:

    I have been to the Arizona Memorial twice. It is ironic and troubling that along with all the appropriate emotions, I could not help but ask myself, “When will the EPA demand this oil leak be stopped?”

    In memory of the 1,177 of the USS Arizona and all who have fought for our Country, we must never give up our battle against the enemies of this great Land, both foreign and domestic.

  2. Lori Heine says:

    There is still, continuously — a little at a time — oil leaking out of the ship and bubbling up to the surface. After all these years, it can still be seen. It’s a ghostly reminder of this once-proud vessel. Who could have known, when the ship was last serviced, that something so mundane would assume such eerie significance?

    Stories about the Arizona abound, and people in my home state (I live in Arizona) are particularly interested in them. Not long ago, a local TV program told about the statue of a miner that once graced the dining room of the ship. It was taken stateside and stored away in a warehouse somewhere before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though it was thought lost for many years, a local historian tracked it down.

    Now it is part of an exhibit on the U.S.S. Arizona. We will never forget.

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