USS Arizona Elvis Concert

December 7, 2012 by  

USS Arizona Elvis Concert, This year marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. It was 71 years ago, Dec. 7, 1941, a sleepy Sunday morning, that the Japanese began their sneak attack on the navy base at Pearl Harbor and surrounding military installations.

More than 2,400 people were killed that morning – 1,177 aboard the Arizona– in the attack the led the United States into World War II.

Here’s a story you might not know about how Elvis Presley contributed to the building of the memorial which spans the sunken ship.

Following the war there was talk of building a monument near the USS Arizona, which remained sunk in the mud of Pearl Harbor.

However, for most of the 1950s, there was only talk, and little action. Some just wanted to remove the ship, along with the men interred inside her, from the harbor

In 1958, President Eisenhower authorized the creation of the memorial to be built with private money. However, efforts to raise money to build the memorial floundered.

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