Roll Out The Barrels!!


272px-P-Signal_Mast_of_the_USS_Arizona_1arizonamissouri“Roll out the barrel we’ll have a barrel of fun”, was an old wartime favourite pub singalong, those of you in my age category will fondly  remember it.   In the photos I have posted today you will see the USS Arizona,USS Missouri and the Arizona Signal Mast Memorial at the Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix Arizona. So what do these things have in common? Barrels!. Some time ago a local State Representative call the Navy and asked if they would consider donating a barrel from the USS Arizona to the memorial. The Arizona was the first battleship sunk at Pearl Harbour on Dec 7th 1941 with great loss of life. The navy was reluctant to do this as it was the only barrel they had left from the sixteen inch guns. Instead they offered a similar barrel from the USS Missouri. This sparked an even better idea for the State Rep, now he asked for a barrel from each battleship. The idea was to place them at the Signal Mast Memorial to signify the first US battleship sunk at the opening of the Second World War,and the last to be involved in the war.The battleship USS Missouri (popularly know as Mighty Mo) was the ship that entered Tokyo harbour to accept Japans unconditional surrender in August 1945. The signing was carried out on the Quarter deck of Missouri with General MacArthur officiating.  The idea was t800px-Douglas_MacArthur_signs_formal_surrendero have these two huge barrels placed at each side of the memorial signifying the beginning and ending of the war,. One could say like bookends to the Worlds greatest conflict. I would like to see this amazing memorial but its unlikely I ever will. Nevertheless, what a wonderful way to pay tribute to the lost sailors of the US Navy. I wish we in Canada would take note and preserve our own history in a like manner.Bravo Zulu     God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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