USS Oklahoma Memorial

USS Oklahoma Memorial, Honolulu

USS Oklahoma Memorial
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,075 contributions
I always pass by here
Sep 2021
Ford Island is my go-to spot for talking walks. Normally, there are very few people out, and I'm usually alone on the Historical Trail that circles the island - still not wanting to be around people pandemically speaking. This memorial is located in a corner of the island where there are a lot of different monuments and sites to see: the Arizona memorial, the USS Missouri, and the USS Oklahoma memorial. I sort of always stop at this one to take a look and think about things. Very striking are the marble columns representing the 400 plus sailors and marines on the ship that died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Incomprehensible the hell they were in when the ship capsized and sank. Dark and lonely spaces slowly filling with water - fearful men slowly waiting to drown. Those marble columns are arranged and meant to give the impression these men are still alive, manning the rails of their ship, still together forever. It sorts of makes them immortal I guess and most importantly, they will never be alone . Selfishly, I always wonder why I never had some kind of moment in time like they had - not that I would have wanted to have died young in the prime of my life as they had. I guess I just wish that at least at one point in all the years I had served, that I would have had such a moment where I was connected to the some of the others I had served with. No not me - I was just some sort of bureaucrat in uniform doing my own thing avoiding the others - avoiding deployment. And coming here to take my walks, passing by these monuments, it's like I'm still doing this same thing. Still alone avoiding others. Hey one of the black granite monuments around the outside of the columns state that after they raised the sunken ship, it "mercifully" sank in a storm while being towed to the West Coast. What's really merciful in this whole story and that these will always be together.
Written September 29, 2021
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lindamE1516LW
St. Louis, United States34 contributions
Awesome Memorial
Aug 2021
Again, another visit we had on our bucket list. Certainly glad to have finally seen it in person and paid tribute.
Written August 17, 2021
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Jola O
Las Vegas, NV459 contributions
Beautiful
May 2021
Such a beautiful memorial. So emotional to walk between the marble pillars. It is right outside he USS Missouri , so you an see both at the same time. Worth seeing both on the same day you visit the USS Arizona.
Written June 1, 2021
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY653 contributions
Sad but a must for visitors
Apr 2021
This memorial is naturally very sad to go through but a must. Probably easiest to do it towards the end of your visit when there are less crowds.
Written May 5, 2021
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ClipperCapt
East Troy, WI96 contributions
A very different, and thoughtful memorial for the men lost with the attack on Pearl Harbor on the USS Oklahoma
Dec 2019
This is an interesting design for the USS Oklahoma Memorial, with individual white pillars for each man lost, with their names. As if each is a sailor in dress whites standing in place. A very good memorial walk among and consider the number of men lost.
Written January 13, 2020
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tolo565
Minto, Canada115 contributions
A Solemn Occasion
Dec 2019
We made a point of being there for a special ceremony on Dec.7, Pearl Harbor Day. Two admirals gave moving speeches. In attendance was a 96 year old survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. At the end of the ceremony all were invited to lay an orchid at the memorial markers for the fallen.
Written January 8, 2020
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LasVegasMyTown
Las Vegas, NV961 contributions
Just a short walk from the Mighty Mo
Dec 2019 • Couples
The infamous Might Mo is docked off beautiful Ford Island. Military ID required to go on island. Most folks arrive by tour bus. And, most folks head right to the MISSOURI. Tours give you hardly anytime on the sites. My suggestion is to visit the USS OKLAHOMA instead. With the 20-30 minutes you have, you will be able to see, read and appreciate the Memorial. My husband and I lived on Ford Island for 3 months of our 4 years on Oahu. We first visited on the 75th anniversary of PH. They had a remembrance ceremony that was very moving. Read the the plaques, view the pillars and just realize where you are. Let us never forget or take our freedom for granted. Please give me a Heads Up vote if my review has been helpful to you and yours. Proud to call Las Vegas HOME.
Written December 6, 2019
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shawnpolyfoam
Honolulu, HI34 contributions
Ford Island
Mar 2019
Here is a little piece of history that many people don't get to see or don't even know exists. Very interesting story about it from WWll. Most people learn about the big things in history and this is just one of those that sometimes get over looked.
Written December 1, 2019
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bsaigh
Phoenix, AZ14 contributions
Oklahoma Memorial
Nov 2019
Just glimpsed it on our tour, which wasn’t good enough and felt like an insult to the Oklahoma. Make time for staying at the memorial, absorbing it and giving it its due. USS Oklahoma’s story on December 7, 1941 is as unique and gripping as any on that momentous day.
Written November 30, 2019
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY961 contributions
A tribute to the USS Oklahoma
Nov 2019
The USS Oklahoma lost 412 men at the attack of Pearl Harbor. This monument which is with walking distance of the USS Missouri is a tribute to these men who died that morning on 7 December 1941.
Written November 24, 2019
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