Friday, December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor with a Surfboard Shaped Wood Postcard

Pearl Harbor Hawai'i
Did You Know?

Ford Island is located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

After Ford Island was purchased by the United States military, it was turned into a Naval base and airfield.  The area along the south side of Ford Island is known as "Battleship Row".

The Memorial straddles the wreck of the USS Arizona and was dedicated on May 30, 1962.  It does not rest on any part of the ship.

Oil is still leaking out of the ship a few drops at a time.

The USS Oklahoma, the USS Utah and the USS Arizona were all sunk during the first wave of the Japanese attack.

the back of the postcard reads:
Pearl Harbor is on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i, west of Honolulu.  Much of the harbor and surrounding land was in 1941 and continues to be a deep water harbor for the US Navy.  The USS Arizona and the USS Utah rest where they were sunk on December 7, 1941.  2390 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Officers died in the attack along with many civilians with 1177 of those having lost their lives on the USS Arizona.  This was the event that resulted in the Untied States entering World War II.

Photographers - Dai Hirota and Tom Sakiymana
unused, bought at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 2012
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Pearl Harbor

Did You Know?
Pearl Harbor was originally an extensive, shallow embayment called Wai Momi (meaning "Harbor of pearl") or Pu'uloa by the Hawaiians.

After annexation of Hawai'i by the United States in 1898, Pearl Harbor was refitted to allow for many navy ships.

Ford Island is connected to the main island by the Ford Island Bridge and the island houses several naval facilities.

Along Ford Island the USS Oklahoma and the USS Utah were among the first to be hit by Japanese torpedoes - both ships capsized trapping and drowning hundreds of sailors.  The USS Arizona was struck by an aerial bomb which ignited its forward powder magazine destroying and sinking the ship.

The back of the postcard reads:
USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri
The bookends in a chapter of America's history.....
The Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona and commemorates the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the catastrophic event that propelled America's participation in World War II.
On the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the war is officially over with the signing of the instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945.
Photographer - Dai Hirota

Arizona Memorial Museum Association

unused, bought at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, 2012
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Pearl Harbor
postmarked in 2012 with an Airmail USA stamp for 1.05

This is a wood, surfboard shaped postcard!


O'Neal said...

Nice Pearl Harbor card to commemorate today's date. And the wood surfboard postcard, I am 10 shades of green over that one!

9teen87 said...

Thank you - If I find a card that has to be in my collection when we travel, I mail one to myself. :D I like them stamped and dated.

I bought two of the surfboard cards, one to take home just in case this one didn't make it through the mail. Then when I got home I realized they were two different postcards! So I have two surfboard Hawaii postcards.

My hubby is also always on the look out for fun cards like this for me. So I think he is the one that found them on our trip. (We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary - a cruise from Australia to Hawaii)

O'Neal said...

How lucky to end up with two different surfboard cards. And wow! What an awesome trip that must have been!! Did you fly to Australia, and then board a ship there?

And that makes it even more fun when you have an extra pair of eyes watching out for cool cards, for sure.

Annnd belated happy 25th anniversary to you and your husband!