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USS Arizona Memorial 75th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Honor, Service and Valor' started by Engineer70, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Engineer70

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    For the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, I had the honor of attending the memorial and meeting many of the survivors, including four of the last five survivors of the USS Arizona-including Donald Stratton. I purchased his book, "All The Gallant Men" and the survivors were kind enough to sign it for me. I felt so honored.

    One survivor, Dick Corder of the USS Oglala, when I approached him for his autograph, asked, "You want my autograph? Why me? I'm not important".

    I replied with, "You're important to me."
     

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    My favorite Oglala story: The ship in front of Oglala got torpedoed and Oglala. When she was raised there were no holes found in her hull. One of her chiefs was asked if he knew why she'd gone down and he replied, "Well, I guess the old gal just died of fright."
     
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    There was another story of the Oglala. She had been laid up for so long that when they finally tried to put her out to sea, they found a birds nest in her smoke stack.
     
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