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Dear Jamie Stolper,
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According to the file for the USS Arizona in the National Archives Catalog, “On 7 March 1950, Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet at that time, instituted the raising of colors over Arizona’s remains.” This daily raising and lowering of colors culminated in subsequent actions by Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, who designated the site a shrine and memorial.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, ca. 1947 - 1980 in the General Records of the Department of the Navy (Record Group 428) that include a film of Admiral Radford arriving at Pearl Harbor, the GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY AT PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL & CEREMONIES ON USS ARIZONA, and the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL DEDICATION Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The last two films are digitized and available for viewing using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized film, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at email@example.com.
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The architect of the USS Arizona Memorial was Alfred Preis. Since he designed several structures in Hawaii, was the state planning coordinator, and was the first executive director of the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, various records about him are housed at the Hawai’i State Archives. These records may include his thoughts and design of the memorial.
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Thank you so much for all this information, Alex. I am going to continue to look into this, probably starting by checking out the records of the architect Alfred Preis. I am going to be in Hawaii soon and will call to see if I can get into the Archives and have access to this material. Thank you again!
Do you know if there is a person at Pearl Harbor who is the archivist or historian there who might also have information about this?