The most enduring symbol of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor is the battleship Arizona (BB-39), where 1,177 U.S. Navy men lost their lives. Details of her final moments and exactly how the Japanese sank her have now come to the surface.
Over the past 13 years, National Park Service investigators and other affiliated researchers have uncovered new evidence to explain how the battleship Arizona sank during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As recently as 10 April 1996, a Park Service dive team led by Ranger Jim Adams located a long-hidden bomb-entry hole on her stern, aft of turret number four. Japanese air records, aviator interviews, and ordnance data also have enhanced recent investigations into the cause of the ship's magazine explosion.