Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pearl Harbor

Of course, while in Hawaii, visiting Pearl Harbor was a must. We woke up bright and early(which was easy seeing as they're 6 hours behind us) and took the bus over to the memorial site. Even with as early as we arrived, the place was swarming with people. We received our timed ticket and walked around looking at all of the displays while we waited our turn.

The anchor from the USS Arizona

First, we did the Arizona memorial. It was very surreal to be able to see the sunken ship beneath us. Everyone was quiet and respectful and some people even brought flowers and lei's to toss into the water for the bodies that were still trapped beneath us.

The wall that contained all of the names of the people who were lost during the attack.

The Arizona Memorial

The second tour that we took was of the Battleship Missouri. Our guide was a man who actually served on the ship years ago, so it ended up being a great tour. He was super enthusiastic and had lots of fun stories. Definitely a must see in Hawaii. Bryan and I enjoyed this trip very much.

The huge guns

Bryan standing in front of the Mighty Mo.

1 comment:

TetVet68 said...

Remember Pearl Harbor -- Keep America Alert!

(Now deceased) America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

(Now deceased) 'Navy Centenarian Sailor', 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio 'Jay' Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy's first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

Visit my photo album tribute to these centenarian veteran shipmates and other Pearl Harbor survivors:

San Diego, California