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Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona


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December 7, 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack during WWII. PBS is commemorating the event with special programming Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona, which airs Wednesday, December 7 at 10 p.m.

uss-arizona-expedition-3755“Pearl Harbor marked a pivotal moment for the United States,” said Beth Hoppe of PBS. “It catapulted America into World War II, which transformed a generation of young men and women and our country’s role on the world stage. As we mark the 75th anniversary of the attack, PBS is pleased to present films that not only pay tribute to those who died and those who survived, but also shed new light on what happened during the assault and what has become of the men and ships of Pearl Harbor.”

Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona is a one-hour film about a landmark expedition to the USS Arizona, one of the most sacred war graves in the world. Since its sinking 75 years ago, no one has seen deep inside the ship, where more than 1,000 sailors lost their lives. This film follows an expedition team that uses an advanced ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) to explore the lower decks of the USS Arizona for the first time since it sank.

Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona features interviews with several Pearl Harbor survivors, including Don Stanton, one of the few remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. The special follows Stanton’s emotional journey back to the Arizona, where he joins the expedition team and watches a live video feed from the ROV as it explores inside his ship, a sight he never thought he would see again. Never before seen 8mm movies taken by Ensign Carl Weeden transport viewers back to the days aboard the Arizona prior to the attack and provide the human backstory to the ghostly reminders uncovered by the modern-day exploration.