Oversized - Hawaii, Pearl Harbor Panoramic - Did You Know?

Pearl Harbor

Hawai'i

 

Did You Know?

Pearl Harbor was originally an extensive, shallow embayment called Wai Momi (meaning "Harbor of pearl") or Pu'uloa by the Hawaiians.

 

After annexation of Hawai'i by the United States in 1898, Pearl Harbor was refitted to allow for many navy ships.

 

Ford Island is connected to the main island by the Ford Island Bridge and the island houses several naval facilities.

 

Along Ford Island the USS Oklahoma and the USS Utah were among the first to be hit by Japanese torpedoes - both ships capsized trapping and drowning hundreds of sailors. The USS Arizona was struck by an aerial bomb which ignited its forward powder magazine destroying and sinking the ship.

 

The back of the postcard reads:

USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri

The bookends in a chapter of America's history.....

The Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona and commemorates the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the catastrophic event that propelled America's participation in World War II.

On the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the war is officially over with the signing of the instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945.

Photographer - Dai Hirota

 

Arizona Memorial Museum Association

 

unused, bought at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, 2012

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Taken on June 21, 2012
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