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USS Arizona

What do you know about the USS Arizona?   Take this World War II Trivia Quiz"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1. When was the USS Arizona launched?

  • October 17, 1915
  • October 17, 1916
  • October 17, 1917

2. The USS Arizona operated out of Norfolk throughout the war, serving as a gunnery training ship and patrolling the waters of the eastern seaboard from the Virginia Capes to New York. An oil-burner, she had not been deployed to European waters owing to a scarcity of fuel oil in the British Isles.

  • True or False?

3. Arriving in Europe after the war, who did the Arizona escort into the harbor of Brest, France?

  • President Woodrow Wilson
  • President Theodore Roosevelt
  • President Warren G. Harding

4. What was the 1935 James Cagney film for Warner Brothers was the Arizona featured?

  • Here Comes the Navy
  • Navy Goes Home
  • Anchor's Away

5. Scheduled to receive tender availability, Arizona took the repair ship Vestal alongside on Saturday, December 6. The two ships were thus moored together on the morning of December 7; among the men on board Arizona that morning were Rear Admiral Kidd and the battleship's captain, Captain Franklin van Valkenburgh.?

  • True or False?

6. What time did the ship's air raid alarm go off?

  • 7:50
  • 7:55
  • 7:58

7. Shortly after 08:00 a bomb dropped by a high-altitude Kate bomber from the Japanese carrier Kaga hit the side of the #4 turret and glanced off into the deck below. It started a small fire. How much damage did it cause?

  • Minimal damage
  • Moderate damage
  • Maximum damage

8. At 08:06 a bomb from a Hiryū Kate hit between and to starboard of Turrets #1 & 2. The subsequent explosion, which destroyed the forward part of Arizona, was due to the detonation of the ammunition magazine, located in an armored section under the deck. Most experts seem to agree that the bomb could hardly have pierced the armor.[3] Instead, it seems widely accepted that the black powder magazine (used for aircraft catapults) detonated first, igniting the smokeless powder magazine (used for the ship's main armament).

  • True or False?

9. Lieutenant Commander Samuel G. Fuqua, the ship's damage control officer, whose coolness in attempting to quell the fires and get survivors off the ship earned him the Medal of Honor. Posthumous awards of the Medal of Honor also went to Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, the first flag officer killed in the Pacific war, and to Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh, who reached the bridge and was attempting to defend his ship when the bomb hit on the magazines destroyed her.

  • True or False?

10. How many of the ship's crew were lost on December 7?

  • 1,177 men
  • 1,400 men
  • 1,675 men

11. The USS Arizona remains perpetually in commission, like the USS Constitution.

  • True or False?


USS Arizona

  1. October 17, 1916
  2. True
  3. President Woodrow Wilson
  4. Here Comes the Navy
  5. True
  6. 7:55
  7. Minimal damage
  8. True
  9. True
  10. 1,177 men
  11. False.  It is NOT perpetually in commission, like the USS Constitution.

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