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Why is the USS Arizona underwater?

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for hundreds of sailors. The Navy decided to leave them and their ship where they were after an inspection a few months after the attack. It was determined that there was so much damage that the ship was a total loss and could not be salvaged, although some parts from the Arizona were taken for use on other ships during WWII.

After determining that the ship could not be salvaged and was not a navigation risk, and would be left where she was, the Navy had to decide what to do with the men who perished on board. It was decided that the men would be considered buried at sea because it would be too difficult to remove them in a respectful manner.

The decision to leave the USS Arizona underwater at the bottom of Pearl Harbor was made after much deliberation. The same decision was made for the USS Utah. The USS Oklahoma was also sunk in the attack, but she was raised and put in dry dock in 1943. In 1944, the Oklahoma was decommissioned. She eventually sank to the bottom of the ocean as she was being towed to the US mainland. All of the other ships sunk or damaged during the attack were returned to service.

Category: History

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