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Topic: Pklahoma memorial dedicated, December 7th, 2007< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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USS Oklahoma survivor George A. Smith did not recognize yesterday any of the names etched into white marble columns that stand in tribute at Ford Island to those killed aboard the battleship on Dec. 7, 1941.

At 17 and having joined the Navy only two months before the Pearl Harbor attack, there was no way he could get to know all his shipmates.

Smith was among 20 survivors who attended the dedication ceremony for a long-awaited monument to the USS Oklahoma, which capsized 66 years ago after being hit with at least nine Japanese torpedoes.

The monument consists of 429 white marble columns in a V formation, fronted by black granite. Both the columns and the granite have the names of the fallen.

Oklahoma architect Don Beck said he struggled to come up with a design that would let visitors feel they were standing alongside the fallen.


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