USS Arizona (BB 39) shown beneath the welcoming planes. Hawaiian panes extend a welcome to the approaching fleet upon its completion of recent maneuvers and arrival in Hawaiian waters. Photograph received 1957. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Note, the photograph is curved.
Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd was killed on the bridge of the USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a posthumous recipient of the nation's highest military honor — the Medal of Honor. The highest ranking casualty at Pearl Harbor, he became the first U.S. Navy flag officer killed in action in World War II as well as the first killed in action against any foreign enemy.
Two dedicated Navy chaplains ministered to the Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Arizona (BB 31) and the USS Oklahoma (BB 37) until the end. Those chaplains were Capt. Thomas Leroy Kirkpatrick (below right) and Lt. Aloysius Herman Schmitt (below left). Chaplain Kirkpatrick was the first chaplain of any branch of the United States military to be killed in action in World War II, and the second to die in action in the history of the U.S. Navy since the establishment of the Navy Chaplain Corps