On Monday morning, 14 November 2005, a group of dedicated and patriotic Americans, all veterans and many of them former Marines, will gather at Pearl Harbor, overlooking the USS ARIZONA Memorial, to dedicate a new Flagstaff and display of bronze plaques commemorating the 73 gallant U.S. Marines who gave their lives for their country, and 15 of their shipmates who survived the attack on the battleship USS ARIZONA in Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
Over the years, many people (including several high-ranking Marines) have noted that no major recognition has been given to these often forgotten heroes, other than their names being listed on the marble wall of the USS ARIZONA Memorial, along with the other 1104 Navymen killed on the ship that day.
In the past year a new non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization called The Pearl Harbor Fund was formally established. The construction and unveiling of a new 36-foot tall flagstaff is the first project of the Fund. The flag of the United States, plus U.S. Navy and Marine Corps flags will be flown from the staff daily. It will be located in a newly landscaped area, adjacent to the harbor, and with a clear view of both the USS ARIZONA and USS MISSOURI Memorials behind it.
The flagstaff will be set in a seven-sided concrete base with seven bronze plaques on each side. Along with information about the dedication, the names of all the Marines killed in action or who survived the attack on the ARIZONA engraved on them. A piece of steam pipe from the ARIZONA’s original hull is also imbedded in the concrete base.
This new addition to the Pearl Harbor visitor experience will be a permanent salute to Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Russel Fox, USMC, the most decorated American military person aboard the battleship at the time it sank. Lt. Colonel Fox was Fleet Marine Officer on the staff of Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, on the battleship USS ARIZONA in December of 1941. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Medal, along with a French Croix de Guerre (equivalent to our Medal Of Honor) for his heroism under fire from German army units at St. Tierre, France in the fall of 1918, during World War I.