Old Colony History Museum

A Taunton Teapot and the USS Arizona

By William F. Hanna

December 7, 2021, marks the eightieth anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The strike killed more than 2,300 military personnel and heavily damaged the Navy’s Pacific fleet. The next day Congress declared war on Japan and shortly thereafter the U.S. was fully involved in the Second World War.

Half of the Americans who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor were killed aboard the USS Arizona when a Japanese bomb penetrated the battleship’s main deck and detonated the many tons…