The peace and tranquility of a Sunday morning was shattered on 7 December 1941 by a horrific attack on the U.S. Naval installation at Pearl Harbor by Japanese warplanes, a shocking torpedo-and-bomb assault forcing the United States into World War II. On this “day of infamy,” as President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it, the USS Arizona was totally destroyed and 1,177 sailors perished. Their remains were never recovered, but instead entombed solemnly in the devastated vessel.
The USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1962. A visit to the USS Arizona Memorial today is a sobering occasion. The bridge that spans the sunken vessel was designed as a place of quiet reflection. Here the enormity of the events of 7 December and the memory of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice – their names etched into the marble wall — can be contemplated by visitors.
Minted in solid copper nickel with an antique finish, the obverse depicts a forward view of the battleship underway; the reverse is enhanced with colorful enamels depicting the U.S. flag and the blue of the harbor water. This memorial challenge coin provides you with a meaningful way to pay tangible tribute to the honored dead of the Pearl Harbor attack. Die-struck by the Honolulu Mint, known for its products of the highest quality preserving the legacy of Hawaii in medallic form, and now a division of Northwest Territorial Mint. Whether you carry it, display it, or share it as a historical gift, this medallion is more than a souvenir – it is a solemn reminder of every American’s connection to the 1,177 who stood ready to protect our nation and were taken without warning at the outset of World War II.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.