Construction on the memorial began in 1960. The USS Arizona Memorial was built over the next two years and dedicated on Memorial Day May 30th, 1962.
The construction was managed by Walker-Moody Construction Company assisted by The Pearl Harbor Public Works Center.
While it is meant to look like it is gracefully floating above the sunken USS Arizona, the memorial is supported by concrete columns driven 80 feet into the silt of Pearl Harbor.
Many ask “did Elvis Presley build the USS Arizona Memorial?
Other are surprised to find out that the design for the memorial was made by Austrian-born American, Mr. Alfred Preis.
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