FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Military Volunteers Clear Mooring Quays at Pearl Harbor
October 25, 2020
HONOLULU – Navy and Coast Guard volunteers today cleared thick vegetation from three mooring quays formerly used to secure battleships along Battleship Row.
The quays are the last structures remaining from the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Members of the Mustang Association, consisting of Naval officers who began their military careers as enlisted, joined with Coast Guard personnel from USGS Cutter Kimball and cleared the quays of vegetation. The work was done on quays that had previously secured the USS Arizona, USS West Virginia and USS Vestal.
Other volunteer work will be conducted in the coming weeks.
The volunteers found a Liberty half dollar minted in 1942 on the mooring quay that was used by the USS West Virginia (F6 South). The coin was turned over to the National Park Service.
The quays played a significant role in past attack salvage operations. Over three years American salvage workers raised the USS West Virginia, USS California, and righted and refloated the USS Oklahoma. The quays served as moorings for salvage ships and barges.
The vegetation maintenance project is separate from a five-year plan that began in 2016 to restore six mooring quays along Battleship Row.
Jim McCoy, PHP Director of Communications
Email: JMcCoy@pacifichistoricparks.org | Mobile: 808-373-0419
ABOUT: Headquartered in Waipahu, HI, Pacific Historic Parks is the non-profit cooperative association of the National Park Service and has been raising funds and providing support to NPS operations at Pearl Harbor since 1979, when the organization was known as the Arizona Memorial Museum Association. PHP also supports NPS operations at: Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai; the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam, and the American Memorial Park on Saipan. And PHP partners with the state of Hawaii to support the Diamond Head State Monument. PHP’s mission is to Remember, Honor and Understand World War II in the Pacific. www.pacifichistoricparks.org