DAY 13 We are up early to meet a special VIP tour of Pearl Harbor and other military installations. At 6:00AM we are several miles off of Honolulu with the sun starting to rise behind Diamond Head.
We depart Pier 10 and the Aloha Clock Tower for Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial about 7:45AM. Once at the memorial, Duke procures tickets for the 8:45AM boat out to the Arizona Memorial. It is a beautiful morning and the memorial is just as moving as it was the first time we were here in 2005. Oil sheens the water above the wreck and quiet tears obscure our vision as we remember the young lives lost on December 7, 1941.
We depart Pearl Harbor about 10:00AM and drive to Hickham Field and Schofield Barracks. Hickham is now an auxiliary airfield for helicopters and we do not see any flight activity as we view some static displays of various aircraft, including a P40 Warhawk.