The Arizona Memorial’s maintenance also requires monitoring the Battleship Arizona hull. Oil is still leaking from the sunken Battleship Arizona after 81 years, and about a quart of oil slowly rises to the water’s surface throughout the day and can easily be seen by its visitors. Locals refer to this as “the black tears of Arizona.” There is a concern that the battleship’s oil tanks could corrode in the salt water, releasing an environmental crisis for Pearl Harbor. The National Park Service divers are constantly monitoring the situation to ensure this does not happen.
If you wish to donate to the maintenance of the USS Arizona Memorial, contact the president of Pacific Historic Parks, Mrs. Aileen Utterdyke, by phone at 808-954-8760.