USA, Hawaiian Islands– In the Middle of the Pacific VI
The first place to see is Kalia Road. It is an hour worth of walk south from the palace. On this street there is the US Army Museum.
It is not just about the history of American military on Hawaii. It dwells from the earliest history of military on the islands to the War in Vietnam.
A former coastal fortress is home to the museum. There are numerous exhibits and especially fans of military vehicles will enjoy the place the most.
The USS Arizona memorial, is another sight we visit. The ship was sunken during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese military in 1941. The majority of the crew died (over 1 100 sailors). The memorial is accessible only by boat.
Don’t worry about getting to the memorial as the service is provided by US navy. However, the number of tickets is limited. Rightfuly so as more than two million people see the memorial every year. Therefore, only 4500 tickets are available each day and usually they are sold out by mid-morning.
It is worth an early wake and a screening of famous Hollywood blockbuster Pearl Harbor. Its half-eliptic shape has a great symbolic meaning as well. Its raised ends represent American pride. One its height before the war, the middle its fall after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then new raise.
There are symbols referring to American sailors who died during the surprise Japanese attack. In room there is an opening in the floor under overlooking the wreck of Arizona. Almost a nine-ton anchor is placed at the entrance.
In 1999, US battleship USS Missouri was converted to a museum ship and moved from US west coast to Oahu. Sailors call this monumental ship (270 meters in length,; displacement 45 thousand tons) „Mighty Mo“. The ship saw the signature of Japanese capitulation signed by American general Charles D. Arthur, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and the Japanese party. This marked the end of the second world war.
To be continued...
GPS: ( USS Arizona memorial) 21°21'53.6"N 157°56'60.0"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
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