Copyright © 2002-2015 Lorraine Marks-Haislip
ARIZONA SINKS DECEMBER 7, 1941
The Japanese attacked the fleet anchored in the clover
shaped harbor of Pearl Harbor at approximately 7:45 a.m.
The total muster roll on that day was 1512 Navy and Marine
personnel, and included everyone who was on leave, liberty,
temporary duty (including schools), those on recreational party
and one transferred from the USS Solace who reported to the
Receiving Station at Pearl Harbor.
Casualties numbered 1177 with 334 survivors. 75 bodies were
recovered after the fires were extinguished leaving a total of
1102 crewmen entombed.
Salvage efforts were started soon and as the superstructure
and gun turrets were removed more bodies were found and sent to
the hospital for possible identification. They were then buried
at the Military cemetery located in an extinct volcano high
above Honolulu, Hawaii, called the Punch Bowl.
The approximate number entombed now is 902-945. Ensign Jim
D. Miller was aboard 7 December 41 and in his message at a
recent symposium he said that from 200-250 crewmen survived the
burning ship that day. The remaining survivors, either 84 or
134, were attached to the USS ARIZONA on 7 December 41 but were
off the ship as stated before. Had these men been aboard they
would have died along with their shipmates.
Edward Joseph Marks, husband of historian Lorraine Marks,
was on reenlistment leave when the ship was sunk. Everyone in
his division, the 2nd, was killed.
This was the largest single Naval disaster in the United
States history. Almost half of the 2,403 killed in Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941, were aboard the Arizona.
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On the anniversaries of Nagasaki and Hiroshima's destruction
by the atom bomb, church bells ring in solemn tolling for the
Historian Lorraine Marks-Haislip has been asked by Arizona
crewmen who survived the bombing and sinking of the Arizona and
still suffer with injuries, physical and emotional, to remind
our youth that no bells are tolled for the 2403 killed in Pearl
Harbor, 1177 aboard the USS ARIZONA.
The cities in Japan would have never been bombed if the
Japanese Imperial Government had not dropped the first bomb on
the US Military bases and Navy ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
WAR HAD NOT BEEN DECLARED.
History records President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called
it a "sneak attack".
We have to guard against history repeating itself. We have
to remember PEARL HARBOR.