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The USS Arizona wasn't supposed to be at Pearl Harbor, but it became America's most famous battleship

December 6, 2016 | 12:12 PM EDT
Claritza Jimenez, Michael Ruane/The Washington Post

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, pushed the U.S. into World War II. But the battleship wasn't supposed to be docked at the harbor on that date. The Post's Michael Ruane takes us back to that fateful day in American history.

USS Arizona History

Learn about the history of the USS Arizona from her birth to her death.

USS Arizona Statistics

About the Pennsylvania class battleship USS Arizona BB-39.

USS Arizona Band

History of the USS Arizona band whose members were all killed Dec. 7, 1941.

USS Arizona Memorial

History of the USS Arizona Memorial from 1945-Present

Captains & Commanders

Portrait gallery of USS Arizona Captains & Commanders.

Historical Gallery

Photo history of the USS Arizona from her birth to her death and salvage. (Available Dec 1, 2022)