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Top 5 pre-Pearl Harbor facts about the USS Arizona

When Japanese bombs sank the USS Arizona off the coast of Pearl Harbor in 1941, 1,177 of those onboard died. But what else did the US Navy lose? Here's a short history of the battleship's career prior to becoming a tragic icon of the Second World War.

  • It was named in honor of the 48th state

    1. It was named in honor of the 48th state

    Named to honor Arizona's 1912 admission the the US, it was launched in 1915 as one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships.

  • It had a peaceful First World War

    2. It had a peaceful First World War

    The battleship wasn't deployed during World War One. When it finally crossed the Atlantic in 1919, it was to accompany President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference.

  • It had a humanitarian record

    3. It had a humanitarian record

    In 1933 an earthquake struck Long Beach, claiming 120 lives and destroying infrastructure. USS Arizona provided communications, first-aid, food, and shelter to the survivors.

  • It starred in a James Cagney movie

    4. It starred in a James Cagney movie

    Much of 1934's Here Comes the Navy was filmed aboard the USS Arizona. The romantic comedy was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but lost to Frank Capra's It Happened One Night!

  • It was intended to deter the Japanese

    5. It was intended to deter the Japanese

    The tragic irony of the Arizona is how, after decades without a fight, it was tranferred to Pearl Harbor to counter Japan's Pacific ambitions. It was destroyed within weeks.

Planning Your Visit

  • Booking tickets

    Tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial are in high demand. You'll need to book them 2 months or so in advance! Reserved tickets must be picked up an hour prior to the tour time. Unclaimed tickets are reissued to the public, but you'll have to arrive early to stand a chance of getting one!

  • What are the opening times?

    USS Arizona Memorial tours start daily from 7:30AM and run until 3:00PM.

  • What to wear?

    For a memorial, the USS Arizona is suprisingly relaxed in regards to a dress code. Bathing suits and profane t-shirts aren't allowed, but so long as you're wearing footwear, shorts, and a shirt then you'll be fine. If you happen to be in the military though, then you'll need to wear dress-whites or better!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    7:30AM - 3:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    The ticket is free, but there is a $1.50 service charge for reserving online, which is highly recommended!
  • Will I need a guide?
  • How to get there
    Best to visit as part of a package tour which will bring you to the Pearl Harbor site in a private van. Otherwise, a city bus can take you there.
  • Additional information
    If you plan to visit during the summer months, best reserve your tickets 6 months in advance!

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What people are saying about USS Arizona Memorial

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 504 reviews

Audio tour comes with a paper guide but you also need to pay attention to the sites to find all the points of interest. We did not get that direction, we figured it out on our own and missed some of the points we passed before we figured it out.

Enjoyed the overall experience and learned alot of Oahu history and America's tradegy at pearl harbor. The guides demeanor and wit made the whole tour exceptional.

It was an assume tour. Our guide was truly the very best. He had so much knowledge of everything. He was the best ever.

Great historical audio with memorial, puts a sincere resonance with activity which happened the actual day.

I went with my son and his wife. We loved the history. Frank our guide was very nice.