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American Hawaii Cruise Vacation

Day 2 - Friday in Honolulu, Oahu

We looked through various brochures and chose the Pearl Harbor/Downtown Honolulu tour offered by E Noa Tours. Robert was a great driver and very knowledgeable about the Pearl Harbor attack. He even went into the museum with us and gave us a narration of the various exhibits.

On December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, 130 vessels of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were at anchor, including 7 of the Fleets 9 battle ships. At approximately 8:10 a.m., the USS Arizona was hit by a 1760-lb. armor-piercing bomb that slammed through her deck and ignited her forward ammunition magazine. The Arizona sunk in less than 9 minutes with 1177 of her crew.

Also hit was the Oklahoma which rolled completely over trapping more than 400 men inside. The California and West Virginia sank at their moorings, the Utah capsized with more than 50 of her crew. The Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee all suffered significant damage. The Nevada attempted to run but took several hits and had to be beached to avoid sinking and blocking the harbor entrance. Also destroyed were the Shaw and Sotoyomo.

The total destruction that day included 2,388 personnel killed, 1,178 wounded, 12 ships sunk or beached and 9 damaged, 164 planes destroyed and 159 damaged. We both found Pearl Harbor to be a very moving experience. I learned so many things I never knew, including the fact that there are 1177 personnel still entombed on the Arizona as well as 19 others who were asked to be entombed with their mates after their death.

Leaving Pearl Harbor we drove by the Iolani Palace, State Capitol, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Chinatown, the wharf, etc.

A few pictures from Day 2 ...

ArizMem Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial

ariz Looking down from Arizona Memorial at the Arizona

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