Living History – Pearl Harbor

Hawaii is a place of impossible beauty.  But it is also inextricably linked to Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.  If your travels bring you to Oahu, you owe it to yourself to visit  Pearl Harbor.  It is, to be certain, a must-see.

The conning tower of the WWII submarine, U.S.S. Bowfin.

Personally, the highlight of the Pearl Harbor tour was the U.S.S. Bowfin.  I’ll have a more detailed post about and photos of this incredible submarine in the next few days.

Image taken from the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri, where the Japanese surrender was signed on September 2, 1945.

Another unmissable stop on the Pearl Harbor tour was the battleship USS Missouri.  It was the last battleship manufactured and last battleship decommissioned by the US Navy.  The”Big Mo”  fought in battles from WWII to the Persian Gulf.  She is a testament to naval engineering and utilitarian design.

The U.S.S. Arizona, as seen from the memorial at Pearl Harbor.

The U.S.S. Arizona as seen from the memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Of course, no trip to Pearl Harbor is complete without visiting the U.S.S. Arizona memorial.  The monument marks the final resting place for more than 1,000 U.S. sailors killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The memorial itself is stoically beautiful and hauntingly unforgettable.

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