Saturday, December 07, 2013

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Photograph from US Naval History and Heritage Command

Today, December 7th, 2013, is the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In that attack, over 2,000 American servicemen and women lost their lives, as did many civilians.

We ask that all our visitors take a moment to remember those men and women, and keep them and their families in your prayers today.

For more information on the Pearl Harbor attack, please visit the U.S. Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor webpage, which has extensive resources, including:
  • Oral Histories from survivors
  • Photographs
  • Teacher Lesson Plans

One of the many Arkansans at Pearl Harbor was Captain (later Admiral) Charles M. Cooke, Jr of Fort Smith. Captain "Saavy" Cooke was a graduate of both the University of Arkansas and the US Naval Academy (where he graduated second in his class). Although he had served in, and commanded several submarines earlier in his career, at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, Captain Cooke was Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB 38).

More information about Admiral Cooke is available at the US Naval Historical center website.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Museum Announcements

We at AIMM have some announcements that we would like everyone to know about:
First, severe winter weather has been forecast for the Central Arkansas area this weekend (12/6/2013 - 12/8/2013).  If we do get ANY freezing precipitation, we cannot open, as the deck of the submarine would be too hazardous for visitors.  Please contact us at 501-371-8320 if you have questions.

Second,  we WILL NOT be open for tours on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  This is due to the Jimmy Buffett concert at Verizon Arena.  We have a special event scheduled for that day.  Tickets for the event may be purchased by the public.  See our facebook page ( for more information or telephone us.

Lastly, our museum building will be closed for renovation from this date to approximately March 1, 2014.  The submarine WILL still be open for tours during our regular hours.