In this artist's interpretation of a photograph, Sailors stand beneath the American flag on the 12-foot rangefinder platform of the USS Arizona's (BB-39) mainmast at some point after the Pearl Harbor attack. The rangefinder has been removed from the platform, as have the searchlights from the 36-inch searchlight platform above it. The mainmast was cut from the Arizona's wreckage on 23 August 1942 and scrapped. At the onset of the war, little thought was given to artifacts or the Arizona's significance as a national shrine.
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