University of Arizona

The Life and Legacy of the USS Arizona

The USS Arizona, named in honor of our state’s acceptance into the Union, was a major casualty in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This exhibit commemorates the 75th anniversary of that tragic event and honors the 1177 crewmen and officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The extensive USS Arizona Collection, which has been created primarily from donations of individuals associated with the battleship during her 26-year life, is the source of exhibit content. Original photographs will document not only the ship but her personnel, and operational history. Other materials on display will be papers, scrapbooks, documents, and memorabilia, such as the ship’s newspaper, official Navy documents, and crew correspondence. Also included will be oral histories with men who served on the ship, materials that document the USS Arizona Memorial, papers from The USS Arizona Reunion Association, and the story about the USS Arizona Bell that hangs in the Student Union Memorial Center. On view August 29-December 23, along with a companion online exhibit.