I just acquired this plaque not too long ago and thought it was very interesting.
The wood itself is 20" tall by 20" wide and is 3/4" thick.
The brass plaque which has the symbols and nomenclature of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on it is 12" round and 3/8" thick.
The triangular pieces of armor are about 2 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" long.
The entire plaque weighs in at a hefty 24 lbs.
The attached presentation on the plaque shows:
PRESENTED TO ROLAND G. ARNDT
BY WM "BILL" BENNETT
FEBRUARY 24, 1967
ARMOR PLATE FROM THE SUNKEN SHIP USS ARIZONA
CUT BY TORCH IN ATTEMPTED RESCUE OF CREW
PEARL HARBOR BAY, DECEMBER 7, 1941.
I've attempted to find the correct Roland G. Arndt and I think I may have but I can find nothing tying him specifically to why he would've received this plaque. As far as I've been able to find, he was a WWII Army Veteran.
I've also had absolutely no luck finding the correct Wm or William "Bill" Bennett that would have ties to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard at or around the date the plaque would've been presented.
If anyone is able to find anything regarding either gentlemen or the plaque, please feel free to share the information with me. I'd appreciate it.
That said, if nothing else I love my newest acquisition and the fact that it contains pieces of the USS Arizona.
Hope you enjoy seeing it. Thanks...