Construction of the USS Arizona Memorial began in 1960. The memorial was built over the next two years and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30th, 1962.
The construction was managed by Walker-Moody Construction Company assisted by the Pearl Harbor Public Works Center.
While it is meant to look like it is gracefully floating above the sunken USS Arizona, the memorial is supported by concrete columns driven 80 feet into the silt of Pearl Harbor.
People often ask “Did Elvis Presley pay for the USS Arizona Memorial?”
Other are surprised to learn that the design for the memorial was made by Austrian-born American architect Mr. Alfred Preis.
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