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Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Part 1

Over 70 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared war against Japan, and began his speech with, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…”

On Sightseeing Day #3…

After gawking at Waikiki Beach, Chip and I headed to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, where we spent the rest of the day taking in the tragic events of that fateful day, December 7, 1941.

Note to all the history buffs like me: I enlarged some of the photos (mainly the signs) and drew arrows or used corresponding numbers to depict the enlarged details, so you’ll *hopefully* be able to read the wordings.

 
This is near the main entrance…




There is a strict “No Bags” policy (no purses/handbags, camera bags, backpacks, diaper bags, etc.), so we made a beeline towards the onsite storage facility, where we received a duplicate ticket for my fanny pack, after paying the $3 fee.

Right in front of the ticket & information booths is this floor map…


 
The two submarine-launched ballistic missiles (see above photo at the top right) seemed like a good place to begin our tour…



The Polaris A-1 (left) and Polaris A-3 (right)

Submarine-launched torpedoes…


 
The “command center” of WWII submarines…


 
Its interior…



 
Kaiten, the WWII one-man Japanese Suicide Torpedo…



 
Anti-aircraft guns…


 
Tomahawk Cruise Missile…


 
Submarine Rescue Chamber…


 
As a side note: Just before I snapped the next photo, dark clouds suddenly rolled in. It drizzled for about 5 minutes, then the lovely sun came back out.

The Waterfront Memorial is a “tribute to the 52 U.S. submarines and more than 3,500 submariners lost during WWII”…







USS Bowfin Submarine (in background)

 
We continued browsing all the sign posts and memorials…




This Marines Memorial honors survivors, as well as the 73 Marines who lost their lives




USS Arizona Memorial

Part 2 (lots more photos!) is next.

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