USS Utah (AG-16)
Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii



In about 1950, two modest memorials were erected on and near the remains of USS Utah, which had been left where they lay after the 1943-44 effort that partially righted the capsized ship. These memorials consisted of a plaque, mounted on the wharf just to the north of the ship's remains, and another plaque placed on the wreck's superstructure deck.

The first plaque bore the inscription: "Near this spot, at Berth Fox 11, on the morning of 7 December 1941, the USS Utah was struck on the portside with what is believed to have been three aerial torpedoes and was sunk. She was subsequently rolled over to clear the channel but was left on the bottom." The second plaque read: "In Memory - Officers and Men - USS Utah - Lost in Action - 7 December 1941"

These plaques were subsequently overshadowed by the far more visible and accessible USS Arizona Memorial, and in 1972 a larger memorial to Utah was dedicated just off the Ford Island shoreline, a short distance from where the ship lies.

This page features early 1950s views of the USS Utah Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While our collections contain no images of the newer Utah memorial, a standard Internet search engine should quickly locate some for you.

For general pictorial coverage of USS Utah

  • USS Utah (BB-31, later AG-16), 1911-1941.

    For pictorial coverage of the Pearl Harbor attack

  • Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941.


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    Photo #: 80-G-436649

    USS Utah (AG-16)


    The ship's wreck, off the western side of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, on 7 December 1951, the tenth anniversary of the Japanese attack that sank her.
    At right is a memorial plaque giving historical information on her loss.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

    Online Image: 80KB; 740 x 610

    Reproductions may available at National Archives.

     
    Photo #: 80-G-484355

    USS Utah (AG-16)


    Plaque erected near the ship's wreck, off the west side of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Photographed on 9 December 1950.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

    Online Image: 88KB; 740 x 605

    Reproductions may available at National Archives.

     
    Photo #: 80-G-484354

    USS Utah (AG-16)


    Memorial plaque mounted on the ship's wreck, off the west side of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Photographed on 9 December 1950.
    The plaque's inscription reads: "In Memory - Officers and Men - USS Utah - Lost in Action - 7 December 1941".

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

    Online Image: 112KB; 740 x 610

    Reproductions may available at National Archives.

     


    For higher resolution images see: Obtaining Photographic Reproductions





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