U.S.S. Oklahoma Memorial to be Dedicated

George Brown, U.S.S. Oklahoma survivor
George Brown, U.S.S. Oklahoma survivor
Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

PEARL HARBOR (KHNL) -- This year marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In the attack, eight American battleships sustained major damage.

Among them, the U.S.S. Oklahoma.

A new, million dollar memorial will be dedicated, this Friday, to the Oklahoma and her crew.

Resting quietly in the shadow of the great mighty mo, sits the U.S.S. Oklahoma Memorial.

"It's good that the memorial is complete," said George Brown, a U.S.S. Oklahoma survivor.  "I was told that I would never live that long to see it done."

But, a satisfied George Brown did live that long.

Brown, served as a cook, aboard the Oklahoma, on December 7th.

''When the general quarters sounded, I rushed down to my battle station which was one deck below the armor plating. Three torpedoes hit, before I got on station."

Brown, cheated death that day, escaping through a hatch he could barely squeeze through.

But, 429 of his shipmates suffered a tragic fate. All of them are now remembered here, with markers, made of marble.

Each visitor will come away with a little something different from their stay.  But, Brown wants everyone to remember one basic thing.

"A lot of brave men perished because they loved their nation."

The dedication of the U.S.S. Oklahoma Memorial is for noon, Friday, as part of the Pearl Harbor commemoration.

It's free.  But space is limited.