Photograph dated July 17, 1942 shows the wreck‘s condition in summer 1942. The rear mast, as opposed to the front one, survived the the ship‘s
demise in good condition and was preserved until the present time (foto: National Archives).
In November 1942 the removal of the forward gun turret No.2 started.
In the picture dated December 11, 1942 we can see the gun turret No.2
ceiling removed as well as extent of its flooding (photo: Digital Archives of Hawaiʻi).
Picture dated March 21, 1943 shows the wreck’s condition after the
removal of destroyed superstructures, gun turrets nr.3 and 4, masts
and majority of the deck’s installations. Gun turret nr.2 is still on its
mount. The salvaging work on USS Arizona wreck continued until the
end of 1943 (foto: National Archives).