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“Simple and easy to pass by...deserves your 5 mins”

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Skip the Line: Pearl Harbor Memorial Small Group Tour From Waikiki
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Simple and easy to pass by...deserves your 5 mins”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Just at the entrance to the Missouri. Stopped on the way out. Honors the 400+ that died on the Oklahoma. (Second only to the AZ) includes two awarded the CMH.

Visited July 2014
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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Simple, but somber place”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This memorial is very simple, but definitely hits home and gets the message across. You can see this either before or after touring the USS Missouri.

Visited November 2013
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Fraser Lake, British Columbia
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Unassuming memorial at the entrance to the USS Missouri. There is no one there to tell you anything about it, but the placard is very informative, and our tour bus guide actually told us a bit about it before we got there.

Visited March 2014
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Chicago, IL
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“USS Oklahoma Memorial”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I spent a day visiting the Pearl Harbor visitors complex. In order to get to the USS Oklahoma Memorial, you have to take a bus to the USS Missouri.

Visited January 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“LEST WE FORGET, THE GALLANT MEN OF THE USS OKLAHOMA...!”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

Being an ex military man (British Army) this memorial needed no introduction. And as we were doing pearl harbour by ourselves on a US national park pearl passport without the hassle of a tour guide rushing you past things, we then had the luxury of pacing ourselves all day, and after we had been on the battleship Missouri we walked up to this well done memorial to the USS Oklahoma and the 429 sailors and marines who died on that fateful day in horrific circumstances. In all honesty you have to give credit to the Americans as they really know how to honour their war dead here, as only the Americans can do. Some people might say this is a "poor" tribute to a lost warship. But what people forget, there is no wreck like the Arizona, to look at or visit. So the next best thing is to recreate a fitting memorial to represent the lost ship and it's fallen crew.
When you do walk around this tribute you are to be reminded that each white panel represents a sailor with his name on it standing at attention and the black granite represents the hull of the ship, it isn't a big memorial but, very significant in it's meaning. Also bearing in mind some of the fallen crew are buried up in the punchbowl, most were also recovered a year or so later from the ship after salvage. The Oklahoma itself lies around 500 miles off Oahu after sinking en route to the US for scrap after salvage which took years to achieve, just remember this when walking around the memorial and pause for thought.
One thing people should also be aware of, is the Missouri is actually berthed on the very spot the Oklahoma was attacked and capsized back in '41. and is a fitting place for the mighty Mo to occupy, and it's only a 5 minute walk to the memorial and due to the tour buses not stopping and tour guides frog marching people around the Missouri and on to the Aviation museum, not many people get to see this touching tribute either which is a great shame. My advice is to read up on the history first and you'll develop a better understanding, there's also a ton of information to be had around pearl regarding this tragic event including the desperate failed attempts to rescue the trapped crew members inside, and the eventual salvage years later, just remember..!

Visited September 2013
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