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Rarely seen photos of the USS Arizona, sunk Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor

Rarely seen photos of the USS Arizona, sunk Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship commissioned in the United State Navy in 1916. She went through an extensive modernization in 1929, with new deck armor, boilers, turbines, guns and fire-control. During the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, a bomb detonated a powder magazine in the Arizona and the battleship exploded violently and sank, with the loss of 1,177 officers and crewmen. The U.S. made a formal declaration of war against Japan and subsequently all Axis powers. The wreck still rests at the bottom of the harbor and is now part of the USS Arizona Memorial.

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