#4 USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor
An iconic memorial has been built over the sunken remains of the USS Arizona, the Pennsylvania-class battleship built in the first decade of the 20th century that met such a tragic end in Pearl Harbor. When the bombs fired from ten Japanese airplanes struck the 608 feet-long ship, not only was there notable damage from the four direct hits, but the last shell penetrated the ship’s ammunition magazine, causing a ferocious blast and fires that lasted for two days. The explosion was so massive that it even extinguished the blaze that was raging on the Vestal, the repair ship moored alongside.
Sadly, 1,177 met their deaths on the Arizona that day – nearly half the total of those who lost their lives in the entire attack. Interestingly, each day over two quarts of oil still leak from the wreck of the Arizona, and you can see the seepage in the water.