From 1916 through the summer of 1917, citizens across Arizona raised funds to provide a silver service for the new battleship Arizona. Made of copper and silver, this silver service was used aboard the USS Arizona from 1919 until it was removed during a “strip ship” by the US Navy at Bremerton, Washington in late 1940-early 1941 in preparation for the war with Japan. After World War II, the service was used by the light cruiser Tucson and later the Adirondack. Then US Senator Ernest McFarland and Governor Pyle requested its return to Arizona. As per Naval policy the silver service was returned to Arizona in 1953, and in 1992, it was officially transferred to the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. Today, the silver service is on display at the Arizona Capitol Museum.
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- When was the USS Arizona silver service created? When was it returned to Arizona?
- Who used the USS Arizona silver service? What materials did they use? What symbols are depicted on the silver service? What materials and symbols that also represent Arizona were not used?
- If you had created the USS Arizona silver service, what materials and symbols would you incorporate to represent the state of Arizona? Why?
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