||Remnants of a
construction of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial could begin, the
area below the boat deck, which included the galley, had to be
removed and was unceremoniously dumped on Navy property
on Waipio Peninsula, Oahu, Hawaii, where it remained undisturbed
ADM Kelly, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet in
1992, responded to Lorraine Marks-Haislip's request for
information concerning the availability of the superstructure.
|| Through an Act of
Congress, the rusting Arizona superstructure was released to
qualified organizations. March 1993, Richard Brady, Public
Affairs Officer for the Navy, at the Pearl Harbor Navy Base
contacted Mrs. Haislip. She flew to Hawaii, April 1993, to
photograph the rusting pile before it was disturbed. These are
some of the photos from that trip.
Donald L. Johnson, Professor Emeritus, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, Material Science and Engineering, contacted
Mrs. Haislip after an article appeared on the front page of the
Arizona Republic newspaper in Arizona.
|| Reporter, Betty Beard,
along with a photographer, conducted an extensive interview in
the Haislip home. Rusting metal off the USS Arizona
superstructure was photographed. The photographer selected a 35M
photograph of a 'vent' Mrs. Haislip had taken while in Hawaii,
February 1998 and inserted it on the front page with the
familiar photo of the burning USS Arizona BB-39.
| The photograph of the rusting
vent is NOT an Associated Press photograph. The caption did not
recognize Mrs. Haislip as photographer or Dan Martinez, Arizona Memorial
Historian, who supported the rusting artifact.
Before Dr. Johnson left on his planned trip to Hawaii, he asked
Mrs. Haislip if she knew of anyone he could contact in Honolulu who
could assist him in obtaining pieces of the old metal for testing.
Daniel Martinez was given authority by the Navy to enter Waipio
Peninsula and therefore, was the initial contact for Dr. Johnson.
Conducting tests on the rusting metals off the Arizona could not
have come at a more suitable time. June 30, a local television station
in Arizona reported the U.S.S. Arizona was leaking. Kathy
Billings, Superintendent of the Arizona Memorial reported the condition
of the Arizona's hull is the same as in 1984, 85 and 86. Daniel Lenihan,
who edited, "Submerged Cultural Resources Study" was at the Arizona
Memorial and reestablished the monitoring program so the condition of
the hull could be observed. Kathy emphasized, "It is not going to
collapse." This study was subsequently aired on national television.
On behalf of Dr. Johnson and with his blessing, Mrs. Haislip then
wrote to Representative Patsy Mink, Senators Daniel Akaka, Daniel
Inouye, Phil Gramm and (Sen.) John McCain requesting information
concerning federal funding or private grants that could finance this
Please click the links below for additional information and
Lorraine Marks-Haislip with Remnants
Letter re: Remants
Remnants Start |
Sacred Metal Article |
Sacred Metal 2 |
Don Johnson Letters |
Don Johnson 2 |
Rusting 1 |
Rusting 2 |
Rusting 3 |
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