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World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

"The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spanning the mid-portion of the sunken battleship consists of three main sections: the entry and assembly rooms; a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall."
~National Park Service
"Upon this sacred spot, we honor the specific heroes who surrendered their lives ... While they were in full bloom, so that we could have our full share of tomorrows."
~Olin F. Teague, Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee
Dedication Ceremony May 30, 1962


Draft 1, page 1 of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Address to Congress of December 8, 1941 ("Day of Infamy speech"). Within an hour of the speech, Congress passed a formal declaration of war against Japan, bringing the United States into World War II.
A gleaming white monument stands sentinel in the still waters of Pearl Harbor, marking the final resting place of the USS Arizona. At 8:10 a.m. on December 7, 1941, a 1,760 pound Japanese bomb punched through her deck, igniting her forward ammunition magazine. Engulfed in a horrific fireball, the mighty battleship sank in nine minutes, trapping most of her crew aboard.

1,177 men remain entombed here. Accounting for almost half of the casualties suffered in the attack on Pearl Harbor, their sacrifice is forever memorialized on the shrine room's marble walls.

Today, a dark sheen escapes shadowy hull. Called "Black Tears," this steady leak of oil continues to rise to the surface, a reminder of that fateful day.

Planning your visit
  • Statistics: 4,500 visitors per day, 1.5 million visitors annually.
  • Open daily 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas day and New Years Day. Tours to the memorial begin every 15 minutes. Admission free, no reservations accepted. Last tour begins at 3 p.m.
  • Children can download a Junior Ranger Activity Book.
  • To access park information, call (808) 422-3300.
  • Website: www.nps.gov/valr
  • While visiting the USS Arizona Memorial, you may purchase tickets to the nearby USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the USS Missouri on Ford Island.

An Iowa-class battleship, the USS Missouri ("Mighty Mo") was designed for speed and firepower and served as the site of Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces on September 2, 1945.


Visitor Information for the USS Missouri:
  • Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Ticket window closes at 4 p.m.
  • Mighty Mo Pass (Admission): $20 adult, $10 child (ages 4-12)
  • Battle Stations Tour (Includes Mighty Mo Pass): $45 adult, $22 child

Security: What You Should Know
Due to increased security levels as dictated by the United States Navy, the following heightened security measures are currently in place at all Pearl Harbor attractions. Visitors are not allowed to bring bags of any size to the Battleship Missouri Memorial or other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. This includes backpacks, diaper bags, fanny packs, camera bags, purses, luggage, shopping bags, large cameras or other items that offer concealment; also pockets and compartments that conceal are also not allowed. This restriction is subject to change without notice.
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