The following letters
concern the flagpole and additional letters concerning the remains of
the USS Arizona Superstructure. This correspondence is interesting
because it was through the efforts of Lorraine Haislip - not Robert
Manzetti - that allowed for various "pieces" to be put on display at
different locations across the US, especially Arizona:
From: Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet
To: Commander Naval Base Pearl Harbor
Subj: USS ARIZONA SUPERSTRUCTURE
Encl: (1) Lorraine Marks ltr of 29 March 1991
1. In enclosure (1), Mrs. Marks asks if the superstructure of the USS
Arizona is excess Navy property. In researching this question, my staff
was unable to determine what command holds title and responsibility for
2. I would like to clarify who has initial responsibility and
initiate a plan to make the superstructure available for loan through
Naval History. In addition to Mrs. Marks desires, I understand the Park
Service has an interest in portions of the superstructure. These items
do hold significant historical value and if they continue in their
current state of overgrowth and deterioration, history will be lost.
3. Please research this issue and provide to me a plan to turn over
the superstructure items and other ARIZONA artifacts to organizations
charged with preserving our past.
Dear Mrs. Marks,
In your letter of March 29, 1992, you ask for information concerning
the USS ARIZONA flagpole and superstructure. I share your concern for
accurate and have contacted several sources to insure I have the best
The flagpole removed from the memorial on November 25, 1991, is the
pole that was in place when the new memorial was dedicated May 30, 1962.
However, there is no official Navy documentation to determine if that
flagpole was the same pole dedicated in 1950 by Admiral Radford.
The superstructure items, now resting on Navy property at Waipahu are
not currently listed as excess items. I have directed further research
to see if there is any reason not to list it as excess. Be assured I
will inform you of all progress in this endeavor.
Thank you for your continuing concern for the USS ARIZONA and the
symbol it represents in our history.
Admmiral, U.S. Navy