The lids one college football team will be wearing in Week 3 will have a very special meaning.
The 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is three months away, and, to honor those who lost their lives on one of the battleships, Arizona will wear special helmets to commemorate the U.S.S. Arizona. A total of 1,177 officers and crewman from the Pennsylvania-class battleship were killed in the attack.
The wreckage of the ship still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, and a memorial, which sits atop the ship’s hull, was dedicated in the early sixties.
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The entire uniform the Wildcats will wear in their game against Hawaii is actually a tribute to the fallen sailors. From the Arizona Republic:
In simple terms, the color combination is white (helmet), gray (jersey) and red (pants). The Wildcats’ look will mimic that of the ship itself. The U.S.S. Arizona had a gray hull and red keel.
The jerseys feature a handful of special touches. A medallion worn by Esther Ross at the ship’s christening and launch in June of 1915 sits on the front, just above the players’ hearts; on the sleeve below the right shoulder is the logo for the 47th pursuit squadron, credited with shooting down eight aircrafts in December of 1941, with a 48-star American flag on the same spot of the left sleeve.
The helmet features an old-school block “A”. At the bottom of the back of the helmet reads, in large lettering, ‘AT ‘EM ARIZONA’, the ship’s rally cry. On the back, in place of the nameplate is the U.S.S. Arizona hull number.