Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona

(Rochester, NY) - Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona, airing on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, 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.

The film features interviews with several Pearl Harbor survivors, including Don Stratton, one of the few remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. The special follows Stratton’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.

Presentation of Pearl Harbor:Into the Arizona is part of WXXI’s Veterans Connection initiative, designed to help bridge military and veteran needs with community support and awareness. WXXI and the Little Theatre have pulled together a Veterans Affairs Task Force to create a community platform, raise awareness about veteran issues, and connect veterans with resources.

Pictured: Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona survivor Don Stratton.
Credit: Courtesy of Story House Productions



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