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  • Monument Name

    Pearl Harbor Memorial, Wilmington

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Wilmington

  • County

    New Hanover

  • Description

    This monument, dedicated to U.S. military personnel killed in action during the December 7, 1941 attack on Oahu, Hawaii, is composed of a small granite stele with an inscribed bronze plaque. The stele is approximately three feet tall, with a rectangular plaque bearing the commemoration set in the slightly angled top face. The front of the stele bears a small bronze medallion with the insignia of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, the memorial's sponsor, and a small descriptive plaque beneath it. The stone rests on a thin square granite base, and the entire structure rests on a low square masonry stone base. Words included in the inscription -- "Remember Pearl Harbor / Keep America Alert" -- are taken from the motto of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association: "Remember Pearl Harbor--Keep America Alert-- Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."

  • Inscription

    Plaque, top: IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS / OF THE U.S. MILITARY FORCES / KILLED IN ACTION DURING / THE ATTACK ON OAHU, HAWAII / DECEMBER 7, 1941 / NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER NO. 1 / PEARL HARBOR / SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION / REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR / KEEP AMERICA ALERT

    Base, top: MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

  • Dedication Date

    Sometime after 1958.

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.235510 , -77.951970 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Gast, Phil. "Aging Pearl Harbor attack survivors passing on baton," CNN, December 29, 2011, (accessed September 9, 2013) Link

      Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. "PHSA Founders," (accessed September 8, 2013) Link

      WECT. "Pearl Harbor event held in Battleship Park Sunday afternoon," December 12, 2008, (accessed September 4, 2013) Link

      WWAY News Channel 3. "Remembering Pearl Harbor at Battleship Park," December 8, 2008, (accessed September 4, 2013) Link

      Wilmington Downtown, Inc. "WWII Memorial Planner Speaks at Pearl Harbor Commemoration," December 2010, (accessed September 4, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite stele, bronze plaques, masonry stone base

  • Sponsors

    North Carolina Chapter 1 of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

  • Subject Notes

    The memorial is a commemoration, by the local North Carolina chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, of military personnel killed in the December 7, 1941 attack by Japanese forces. The Association had its organizational beginnings in 1958 and was formally incorporated in 1962 as an organization dedicated to remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor and the American lives lost. Local chapters around the country installed similar monuments in the 1960s. The national association was granted a Federal charter in 1985, however due to declining ranks of survivors, it disbanded in December of 2011.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in Battleship Park. The front of the marker faces roughly west, and the rear faces the waterfront.

  • Landscape

    The memorial sits in the grass area of the park, several feet from the picnic pavilion and several feet from the waterfront of the Cape Fear River.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument has been the focus of anniversary services commemorating both the fallen and survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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