The battleship USS Arizona (BB 39) resting at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, is a powerful symbol of the devastation wrought on 7 December 1941 as Japanese aircraft swooped down on the unsuspecting American Pacific Fleet. Surprisingly, until the year 2000, the U.S Navy did not have a scale model of the battleship in the collection of the Curator of Ship Models. In the summer of that year, the Naval Historical Foundation purchased a 3 foot model of Arizona, and donated it to the Navy. The model was constructed by David Fisher, a student at the University of Maryland. He spent 150 hour building the model from scratch for a graphic design course. The model served a prominent role in the Navy Museum’s 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor commemoration in 2001, and has since been safely preserved at the Curator of Ship Models facility in Carderock, MD.
This week, we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming NHF member Mrs. Ruth Rosow to the Washington Navy Yard. In 2000, as we sought to purchase the Arizona model, Mrs. Rosow generously stepped forward to provide the funds needed for the purchase. She traveled from Florida to visit our offices and the Museum, and we arranged for the Arizona model to be carefully transported to the Navy Yard, so that the she and her family could have their first in-person look at the intricately crafted model. We thank Mrs. Rosow once again for her generous support!