A gun barrel from the battleship USS Arizona will soon be on display at a new World War II memorial in Phoenix, Arizona. The new memorial, which will feature relics from Pearl Harbor, is scheduled to be dedicated on December 7, 2012.
“In the 1950s, the US Navy scrapped 38 of these barrels—they were cut up and melted down,” Robin Staton told the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. Staton is a retiree with 42 years of work experience at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in Arizona.
From 1925 until 1938, the gun barrel served aboard the USS Arizona. Then, it was sent to Dahlgren for testing. Its next home was aboard the USS Nevada, where it served in the D–Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
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Each day, thousands of visitors arrive at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Hawaii, where they witness the original site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The USS Arizona Memorial is dedicated to the 1,177 sailors entombed in the sunken battleship, still resting below the harbor’s waters.
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