Pennsylvania Class, "Super-Dreadnaught" as she was called...
Launched in 1915, named in honor of our 48th State.
The U.S.S. Arizona was the pride of the fleet!
Although a relic of "The Great War" that ended 23 years earlier,
Her 12 14inch guns could hurl death for more than 20 miles!
But she was still imposing, still powerful...Still deadly.
As she lay sleeping and moored quietly in beautiful Pearl Harbor
on the morning of December 7, 1941. She was rudely awakened
by more than 800 Japanese war planes bent on destruction.
HELL, WAS ON THE WING!!!!!
An armor piercing bomb landed between the number 3 and 4 turrets,
igniting the black powder magazines. This set off a chain reaction of horror
that sent 1177 of 1400 brave crew members to their watery grave.
The Arizona could not be salvaged, but it's remaining undamaged guns
were removed and re-used to fight another day.
After the war, a memorial was built to honor the sunken giant.
But She STILL Bleeds...
With each sunrise since that horrible 'Day of Infamy', more than a quart of
oil a day still finds it's way to the surface. Drip Drip Drip, staining
the pristine surface with it's rainbow discoloration.....
The Blood will only stop when...
Your Last sailor dies!
If you happen to meet a Veteran today, shake their hand
and thank them for their service!
Then go visit the very talented crew at One Shot Poetry.
Every Wednesday they host One Shot Wednesday, you post
a short story, poetry, or prose on your site. Go tell them
that you have, and they will visit you along with many other
talented writers. Try It....It's Fun!