The Footage Of USS Arizona Exploding Is Absolutely Bone-Chilling
Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-K-13513 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command / Public Domain
Let’s Pray Nothing Like This Ever Has To Happen Again.
On December 7th, 1941, Japanese forces struck a naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, without warning. The attack was the first on American soil and lasted less than 2 hours. Within that period of time however, 2,403 Americans were killed, but almost half of them on board USS Arizona.
A Pennsylvania-class battleship, she was ordered in 1913 and commissioned in 1916. Although she wasn’t used during World War I, she was deployed during the Greco-Turkish War in 1919. After that, she was routinely used during naval exercises.
On that fateful morning, there were 1,512 crew onboard. Only 335 would survive.
During the attack, USS Arizona braved four hits and three near misses. Attacked by Nakajima N5Ns equipped with armor piercing shells and 1,757 lb. bombs, it was one particular bomb that broke the ship’s back. Although the first three were destructive, the bomb that was dropped at 8:06 A.M., just mere minutes from the start of the attack, breached the deck and ignited ammunition magazines.
The end effect is what you’ll see in this video. It was captured by the crew of USS Solace which was nearby and shows the utter devastation caused by that strike. In that instant, over 1,000 United States service members were killed.
Although painful, it is crucial to keep this history alive and show future generations the sacrifices that were made. Hopefully, we won’t let history repeat itself.
USS Arizona was dedicated on May 30th, 1962 as a memorial wreck and can be visited any day of the week from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.