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Hallowed Ground: Sailors Keep Pearl Harbor's Legacy Alive

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Howey is one of 16 sailors assigned to the Arizona Detachment, a special duty assignment. They're entrusted with ferrying over 2,000 visitors a day to and from the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Howey says the opportunity to educate people about how the USS Arizona is more than a sunken battleship is a great honor. 


The USS Arizona memorial is seen through the saluting hand of a Marine.
Memorial Salute
A Marine salutes the USS Arizona memorial while manning the rails of the transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 14, 2019.
Photo By: Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Donald Holbert
VIRIN: 190514-M-HB658-0083
Marines and sailors  salute the USS Arizona Memorial.
Memorial Salute
Marines and sailors aboard the USS Portland salute the USS Arizona Memorial while manning the rails as Portland pulls into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Feb. 19, 2022.
Photo By: Marine Corps Cpl. Patrick Katz
VIRIN: 220219-M-PO838-1120

The National Park Service has managed and operated the USS Arizona Memorial since 1980. Additional information about touring the memorial is available on

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