This exhibit, a showcase in the Arizona Capitol Museum for decades, features a portion of the ship’s hull recovered as part of a salvage operation, an Arizona flag recovered from the scene, and an U.S. flag belonging to Commanding Officer Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh. The American flag was salvaged from the sunken battleship after the attack and still bears oil stains from being in the water of Pearl Harbor. In addition, several artifacts that have never been displayed in public are included in this exhibit, such as rarely seen artifacts including: the State of Arizona flag flown from the ship’s starboard yardarm; a 1918 seaman’s diary; brass and silver Navy bugle; 1940 handmade USS Arizona baseball team pennant; and a never before displayed piece of the U.S.S. Arizona itself; among other unique items.
This large piece of the U.S.S. Arizona superstructure was removed from Pearl Harbor in 1942, & stored at Waipio Point until 1995 when it was transferred to AZ- it has been displayed in the AZCM since.
Mother/M is for the Million things she gave me/O means only that she's growing old/T is for the Tears she shed to save me/H is for her heart of purest gold/E is for her eyes with love light shining/R means Right and right she'll always be/Put them all together and they spell Mother/A word that means the world to me.
Thimble, hand; made of brown leather to fit over palm, has hole for thumb. Actual metal thimble part is 1/2" in diameter. Heavy off-white thread used to stitch leather together. Used to sew/repair anything made of canvas; also used for "whipping" line with a smaller line to keep line ends from fraying.
Arizona State Flag from the USS Arizona which ended up on the Missouri for the Japanese surrender ceremony, afterward it ended up in the hands of Commander William Kitchell. When Kitchell’s estate was sold, the flag was given to Mr. Don Dickinson, from Dickinson it was eventually transferred to the museum. The flag was positioned on the ship's yardarm, most likely on the starboard side.
This flag was salvaged from the wreckage of the U.S.S. Arizona following the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941. It is thought to be from Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh's gig, which was onboard the Arizona.
Arizona Capitol Museum