The United States National Park Service has unveiled a project that will share the story of World War II and the USS Arizona living monument with future generations around the world.
The national park service and technology company Autodesk have just completed the first comprehensive digital survey of the USS Arizona ship and memorial.
For the first time technology like LiDar Sonar, photographs and underwater laser scanning were all used to create 3-D models.
Last year divers surveyed the sunken wreck and now they showed off some of what has come out of this first of its kind technology collaboration. That includes a 3-D model of a coke bottle and a cooking pot; items that sat on the ships galley for the past 72 years.
National parks service employee and historian Daniel Martinez actually tagged the cooking pot while on an earlier dive. He says the technology used will help in telling the story of the ship that sank and the 1,177 who went down with it.
"To see it in a three dimensional model, that's the kind of thing that will connect with not only the young and the old, but anyone who comes to this site," said Martinez.
Only nine crew members of the USS Arizona are still alive. Don Stratton is one of those. He was 19 years old the morning of the attack.
"The bomb hit in the bow of the ship. A million pounds of ammunition exploded. It blew the 110-foot bow of the ship clear off and created a fireball 500-600 foot in the air and it just enveloped us," said Stratton.
Stratton was burned over 65 percent of his body, but he made it out alive. He has returned to the USS Arizona more than a dozen times.
Stratton says he is excited about the new technology and how it will help future generations to never forget.
It will also help in preserving this national landmark.
"Well for the first time we'll be able to measure what's going on. So, the images we capture here in 2014, we can go back three years from now and see if there's any changes. Is the ship shifting? Is the bio growth increasing or decreasing?" said Martinez.
The USS Arizona and the memorial are a sight 1.7 million visitors come to see each year and can now be shared with more thanks to the new 3-D models.
"I think it will connect with young people who will be able to visit the memorial and the Arizona wherever they are in the world."
The 3-D technology itself isn't new. Autodesk has worked extensively in the film industry, including on the film "Avatar."
All of the work on this project done by local and national companies, the Navy and Coast Guard was all done pro bono.