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Product Details

  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (August 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490964118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490964119
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exhaustive compendium memorializing every serviceman assigned to the USS Arizona, destroyed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. To paraphrase a famous quote, one death is a tragedy, but 1,177 are a statistic. Cooper (The Men of the USS Utah, 2009) deconstructs the impersonal casualty count of the USS Arizona by penning an obituary or biographical sketch for each of the 1,514 officers and crewmen who were killed in or survived the attack. Cooper’s 30 years as a genealogical researcher helped her locate and assemble facts and recollections from survivors, family members, military records, newspapers and high school yearbooks. The resulting rosters capture the individual tragedies while amplifying the enormity of loss. Each entry follows a template: name, rank, serial number, dates of enlistment and assignment to the ship, whereabouts during the attack, subsequent career, awards and honors, final resting place—for many, the wreckage—and survivors. This format offers a well-deserved tribute to each veteran, but the uniformity obscures many colorful details. Nonetheless, patient readers will discover poignant stories. A retired sailor sulked around the house until his wife ordered him to re-enlist: “There is a war coming and you are going to get yourself killed. But I’m not going to have you moping around the house every time a ship enters or leaves the harbor.” Relatives reported omens beforehand; others claimed hauntings afterward. Acts of heroism counterbalanced the searing randomness. Cooper adds historical context with plenty of black-and-white photos, a reprinted history of the USS Arizona, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “day that will live in infamy” speech, humanizing accounts of shipboard leisure, and minutiae about pay grades and dependent allowances. A well-researched, properly cited and valuable contribution to World War II scholarship. Perhaps too dense for casual readers, but serious history buffs will be astonished.

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I found this book to be very interesting, well written, and documented.
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It brings back so many memories to him, some good and some bad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Delores J. Johnson on August 16, 2013
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I found this book to be very interesting, well written, and documented.
My father died on the USS Arizona on Dec, 7th, 1941..I believe it is
a wonderful tribute to the men who are still serving, and also to their
family members who will forever mourn their loss. May these men never
be forgotten. Thank you T.J. Cooper for your dedication and determination
to get this book written and published. To my knowledge there is no other
book out there like this one.

Delores Corey-Johnson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Sumners on August 20, 2013
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My late father, Seaman 2nd Class Robert Sumners, survived the torpedo attack on the USS Utah on that December morning, and was an eyewitness to the massive explosions on the USS Arizona that claimed the lives of 1,177 crewmen, some of which were his high school classmates. On the following day, my father helped with efforts to recover the bodies of the dead sailors from the still smoldering wreckage. I had the pleasure of assisting TJ Cooper with the research on her previous excellent work, "The Men of the USS Utah", by sharing my father's story from that terrible day. I must say that I am very impressed with her latest work, "The Men of the USS Arizona"--it is very well written and well organized, a very fitting tribute to the men who lost their lives that day, as well as those who survived the hell that was the Pearl Harbor attack. I only wish that my father were still around to read both books--I know that he would be quite pleased. It is one thing to read about history painted with a broad brush; it is quite another to read the individual stories, many of them first-person, of those who actually lived through it. This was a difficult book to put together, and I think the author has done a wonderful job. The reproduction quality of the photographs is impressive, particularly when one considers that most of the photographs submitted were over 70 years old and highly variable in condition and quality. TJ Cooper has written yet another fine tribute to the men whose lives were changed forever by that faithful December day. Thank you so much for a wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Relative on August 12, 2013
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Historians, family members, or those with pride in America will enjoy this book. This is a great compilation of stories of the men that died and survived the attack on the USS Arizona. Gatehring this information was a long process for the author to track down family members and gather facts. Not only does the book identify those men that lost their lives but has factual stories from the surviors. Very interesting stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Velma Stratton on January 7, 2014
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I got the book for my husband, as he is an onboard survivor of USSArizona and he wanted to read the story's of the lost shipmates he had known and some he did not know. It brings back so many memories to him, some good and some bad.
Velma Stratton, my husband is Donald Stratton
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce May on June 5, 2013
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Each man that was lost is given a proper eulogy. It even states if body found or buried elsewhere. GREAT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on April 1, 2013
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I was particularly interested in owning this book as I had contributed some information about my brother-in-law who was killed on the USS Arizona.
The background on the USS Arizona and the vignettes of the men aboard her, including those who survived, is an important piece of history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry on October 2, 2013
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This is a wonderful book about the lives of those present on the USS Arizona that infamous day of December 7, 1941. The commemoration of each of the men serving on the USS Arizona, the deceased and the survivors, was a monumental task to undertake. I'm sure the author spent many hours researching and compiling the information, so kudos to him for his excellent work. My uncle's story is included in this book, as he was one of the few survivors that day. I've enjoyed reading the stories of the other survivors, as well as the information about those who died that day. I will be visiting the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii next year for the first time and look forward to the feeling of reverence that I'm sure surrounds that shrine. Anyone interested in history will thoroughly enjoy reading the accounts in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mac Pro on January 12, 2014
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I'm stunned to realize the amount of work that went into this book. It's not just a LIST of the men who died on the Arizona but in most cases there is an actual biography of him and sometimes even a photograph. I've seen "lists" before, even the marble monument above the Arizona in Pearl Harbor, but this information brought these sailors to life. It was emotional to read where they were from, if they were married, their parents' names . . . the people who got those dreaded telegrams. I hope we never forget and I'm grateful to T. J. Cooper for his effort.
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