This is one of my absolute favorites too. I was in my local scrapbook store attending a crop and just looking at these 3 pictures trying to figure out how to make them look nice, not like they were just glued in a book. I kept walking around the store picking out cardstock and different things I wanted for this layout. I chose a lot of different kinds of stars, but as you can see, I decided on the red and blue ones in various sizes. Several times I chose patriotic background paper, but it didn't work for me.
I decided on a red and blue patriotic theme, since the heroes on the ship were certainly patriotic, in fact, some of their remains are still on the ship.
The USS Arizona gets a lot of attention, has a major memorial and everyone who goes to Oahu or Waikiki or Honolulu makes the pilgrimage to Peal Harbor to see the USS Arizona. The Arizona and Utah were sunk by Japanese torpedos on the same day but the Arizona is accessible to the general public. The Navy has boats and they take people out there all day to see the Arizona. The Arizona has a big welcome center and a nice film.
The Utah does not have nearly as many bodies buried within its hull and is only accessible from the Pearl Harbor navy base which eliminate viewing by the general public. The memorial is very modest, just a platform out in the water and a flag.
The USS Utah is still leaking oil or fuel, as is the Arizona. However, the Utah is deteriorating rapidly and in time, there will be no evidence that it existed other than history books and a view from overhead. Once the portion of the ship which is above water is gone, no parts of the battleship will be visible from the memorial platform.
The USS Arizona will always be visible because the memorial is on the water and actually crosses over a portion of the sunken battleship so you can see it in the water from above. The only parts of the USS Utah that you can see are the little bits above water which are sinking with the rusting process.
I did not take the picture viewed from above - it was probably taken from a helicopter (I got it off the Internet). There are two other pictures and I know I took the lower one which is closer up. I'm not sure if I took the one of the upper left or not (WIth the flag), I think I did, but it may have come from the Internet. I've visited this memorial twice now and I've taken so many pictures that I'm not sure. I do know that I did get a lot of good ones from this view so it is probably mine, but if not, then credit goes to whoever took it.
Here is what the journaling says.
The battleship, USS Utah, was attacked and sunk in Pearl Harbo on December 7, 1941, by a torpedo in the Japanese Attack.
The attack on Pearl Harbor lasted a little under two hours, but for the Utah, it was over in a few minutes. Her partially submerged hulk still remains, rusting, at Pearl Harbor with an unknown number of men trapped inside.