WASHINGTON _ U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, conducted a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday at the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
The USS Oklahoma battleship was among those sunk by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial, built in 2000, is dedicated to the 429 men who lost their lives on the ship.
“It was an honor to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in service to their country while on board the USS Oklahoma and to meet more of our veterans and their family members,” said Inhofe. “The 429 men aboard the USS Oklahoma were both sailors and Marines who died during the unconscionable attack on our homeland. It is important that this memorial serve as a reminder of the dedication and sacrifices of those who served aboard the Oklahoma. These visits allow our citizens to see first-hand our country’s gratitude for their sacrifices.”
Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, stopped in Hawaii on his way to visit Asian countries. While in Hawaii, he met with leaders of the U.S. Pacific Command.
On Tuesday, Inhofe and other members of Congress on the trip met with the president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, to discuss free trade agreements and the country’s expressed interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.