Category Archives: Pearl Harbor

Picture of the day: The front deck on the USS Missouri

This is taken at the USS Missouri that is located at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, USA. Quite the impressive piece of engineering , and also a great part of world history. It was on this very ship that the end of World War 2 was finalised with the signing ceremony of the surrender of Japan on the 2. September 1945 in Tokyo Bay.

 

-Ray

Pearl Harbour

When you are in Hawaii there is one attraction you just have to see, Pearl Harbor.  This historical background is located nicely outside Honolulu, and makes a significant role in the end of World War 2.  The tour consit of four sights. The battleship US Missouri where WW2 officially ended with the signing of the Japanese surrender, the aviation museum that shows a lot of aircrafts that have been used, the Bowfin museum that are an outdated submarine, and of course the Arizona memorial. One of the large battleships sunk by the japanese when they attacked Perl Harbor and are the grave of over 1100 sailors and soldiers.  This historical sight is a day well spent when in Hawaii.

First you have the entrance. By the way. The reson for all the flags are in half mast is that the president have ordered a national day of sorrow due too the shooting in Virgina a few days ago…

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Here you have the US Missouri , the last of the US Battleships and the biggest one ever built. The entrance is quite patriotic…..

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A different view of the ship

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This is the documents signed om the Missouri that ended WW2. The complete surrender of Japan

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The next stop was the aviation museum. It had a facinating display of aircrafts, both military and commercial.

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Very impressive display.

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The next attraction is the Bowfin museum. The Bowfin is a real WW2 Submarine, and you get to walk inside and take a look about what they did, and how the crew lived.

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Inside the sub it is quite narrow and difficult to navigate……

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The last attraction made the most impression on me. The Arizona memorial. This is the site where the Battleship Arizona was sunk the 7. december 1941. Over 1100 people died here, and they never raised the ship, but builded a memorial on top of the actual ship.

To get out to the memorial you take a short shuttle boat operated by the navy.

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Then you se how it is made.

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When you get on the site you can walk thru it. And you can look at the remains of the ship itself within the water

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This wall inside the memorial displays all the names of those who died onboard the ship.

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A view thru the entire memorial

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The last picture shows a map of the pacific located on the grounds outside the visiting center.

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As I said earlier in the article, the Pearl Harbour sites are well worth a visit if you are in Hawaii …

-Ray