View Full Version : Pearl Harbor after the tours have gone

08-23-2013, 02:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage (http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage)

08-23-2013, 04:11 PM
Wow is all I got

hickory hill bill
08-23-2013, 04:24 PM
This brings to mind my mother's old saying" Gone but not forgotten" . Went to the Arizona in 2011. In my 62 years this was one of the most moving places. And it is true. It is still bleeding.

08-23-2013, 04:41 PM
Never been there but on my bucket list. Been to Normady Cemetary, if you walk from there without a wet eye, something is wrong. I can very much believe it is the same with Pearl Harbor. Thank you for a great video.

Mac Attack
08-23-2013, 06:31 PM
Nicely done and I am glad to have watched it.

08-23-2013, 06:50 PM
The USS Arizona memorial is one location that left me utterly speechless.

It's truly moving and is a place of honor, reverence, and rememberance.

Fair winds and following seas.

08-23-2013, 07:29 PM
very,very impressive.i have been fortunate enough to visit the cemetary at the normandy beaches on three occasions.the rows of crosses and the stars of david always brings tears.i have also been to a german cemetary near st.mere eglise.there are in excess of 30,000 men buried there who were killed in the normandy campaign.it is not as large in area as the normandy site and to see it from the road you would not know what it was.all of the markers are at ground level and look to by made of black onyx.each marker in many cases has several names with date of death,rank and unit.there are mementos:pictures,cards,family members and letters.i was told that the items were collected and stored(much like the items left at the vietnam memorial)there were a large group of german tourists whose bus had stopped to visit the site. we often forget abut the "other side" and forget also that from their perspective they too suffered loss of husbands,brothers,sons and fathers and that most of them like most soldiers are not there fighting because they want to,but because they were soldiers they too followed their orders and wanted nothing more than to survive and go back home to their loved ones. i should point out that the site of the cemetary was originally an american site but was given by us to the west german govt.unlike the normandy site where a signicant number of bodies were disentered and sent back to family site stateside,due to the cold war most all of the germans who were buried there are still there.

08-23-2013, 09:47 PM
There seems to be some dust in this room and some got in my eyes.

08-23-2013, 09:48 PM
Having been to the Arizona Memorial above those 1100 who still are in the Arizona, I am humbled and awed by their bravery and fate. May they rest in peace.

I appreciate the video. It brought back memories of my previous visit.

08-23-2013, 10:05 PM
In my career I had the honor of participating in numerous burials at sea. I always made sure my guys and gals knew I considered it an honor and not an imposition. Here is the last one I was ever part of, aboard the CGC Healy in 2008.


08-23-2013, 11:55 PM
That is a very moving video, thank you for posting it. As others have stated, visiting the Arizona might just be the most moving experience I've ever had.

Here's a couple of pics I took in February during my visit...

#1: Oil still leaking to the surface
#2: Looking up at the flag at the memorial


PaulS 0706
08-24-2013, 01:01 AM
My wife and I visited the Arizona memorial via Park Service launch in 1982. While there paying our respects and receiving some facts and general information from the ranger a private tour launch came alongside. It disgorged a large group of Japanese tourists. They were the loudest and most disrespectful people I have ever seen at such a hallowed memorial. I was near apoplexy I was so angry. The ranger just shook his head and guided us back to the launch. I still fume every time I think of the experience.

08-24-2013, 11:11 AM
Every time we go to Hawaii we visit the USS ARIZONA Memorial and the Punchbowl Cemetary. The ARIZONA is considered to still be a commissioned ship since the crew is remains aboard.

08-24-2013, 09:07 PM
USS NEVADA (BB 36) Memorial

USS MISSOURI (BB 63) and USS ARIZONA (BB 39) Memorial in the background. Taken 8/12/13

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e399/rjfoster/DSCF0092_zpsfb2eda46.jpg (http://s43.photobucket.com/user/rjfoster/media/DSCF0092_zpsfb2eda46.jpg.html)

The USS NEVADA (BB 36) Memorial is located on the Naval Base and access is not available to the general public.

08-24-2013, 09:40 PM
I believe the book on Pearl I've read stated after the attack, 2 inches of oil floated on the harbor's water.

Workers and sailors were told not to throw cigarette butts into the harbor for some time after the attack the oil problem was that bad.