The USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association
has a collaboration with HPU, according to Hart. Students have
done class projects for the association, and it has hired many
students, on a contract basis, upon graduation. Last fall,
the association asked HPU to redesign its admission tickets,
and Anderson accepted the assignment. The new tickets feature
a photo and story of one of the 10 heroes from the historic
attack of Dec. 7, 1941.
According to Daniel Martinez, National Park Service historian,
the tickets will be a permanent fixture at the memorial. The
tickets are expected to be in use for 10-20 years. Each year,
1.6 million tickets will be printed to accommodate maximum expected
visitation to the memorial. “The ticket is meant to be
a keepsake that has strong interpretative messaging,” said
Some of the heroes featured are Ann Busby, Harry Pang, Torao
Migita, and Rudy Martinez.
Busby was an Army nurse at Tripler General Hospital on Dec.
7, 1941. The day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Busby took care
flood of wounded in the attack.
Torao Migita, who was killed by gunfire in downtown Honolulu,
was the first Japanese-American serviceman killed in World War
II. Migita was awarded the Purple Heart.
Harry Pang was the first civilian firefighter to receive the
Purple Heart. Pang was killed in the attack while trying to put
out a fire on Hickam Air Field.
Rudy Martinez was the first Mexican-American killed in World
War II. Martinez went down with the USS Arizona in the attack.
He received a Purple Heart and is one of the many seamen entombed
within the ship.
Martinez liked Anderson’s work so well, he hired him to
work on other projects for The USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association.
It’s always good to see students get a job in their field,” said
Visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial Tour can save their
commemorative tickets as a keepsake.