7th of December last year marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also known as the battle for Pearl Harbor, the attack was planned and executed by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service as a preventative measure to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with the Japanese military attacks in Southeast Asia. The attack, however, had the opposite effect and resulted in the United States joining the World War II.
By far the worst of the attacks was experienced by the crewmembers of USS Arizona. The ship was bombed and later exploded, taking the lives of 1.117 crew members. Three of the only five remaining survivors from USS Arizona were honor during their visit to Washington D.C this July.
In collaboration with U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, U.S. Money Reserve held a ceremony where each veteran was awarded a commemorative 5 oz. Pearl Harbor Silver Coin. This government-issued silver coin was minted in limited quantities in order to remember and honor the 75th anniversary on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner were the only two USS Arizona survivors who attended the ceremony. Ken Potts, also a former crewmember of USS Arizona, could not attend and was awarded the Pearl Harbor Silver Coin at a later occasion.
Together with these three veterans the ceremony also honored Joe George, a boatswain’s mate second class serving on USS Vestal. George’s actions on the day of the attack saved the lives of Stratton, Bruner and four other people. George disobeyed direct order about cutting the rope connecting USS Arizona and USS Vestal, and threw a weighted heaving line instead. Unidentified by his heroic decision, George passed away in 1996 without getting proper recognition.
George’s daughter, Joe Ann Taylor, received the Pearl Harbor Silver Coin on behalf of her father and expressed how much it means to her to get a token of her father’s heroic past. Thankful to George for saving their lives that day, Stratton and Bruner have been pushing for a posthumous award for George to recognize his courageous act.
The president of U.S. Money Reserve, Philip N. Diehl, expressed the support U.S. Money Reserve has for the men and women that serve their country. Angela Koch, the CEO of the U.S. Money Reserve, further stated that they were honored to meet the survivors of USS Arizona and provide them with a token of remembrance for their bravery. U.S. Money Reserve also wished to be a part of the commemoration of those who bravely lost their lives fighting in Pearl Harbor. They partnered with U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation to help fund a Lone Sailor Statue at Pearl Harbor. It is proposed that the statute should be constructed with metal from the USS Arizona. The plan is to raise the statue on October 13, 2017, the U.S. Navy’s official birthday.
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