USS Arizona Survivors honored with a Pearl Harbor Silver Coin minted by the U.S. Money Reserve
Three Pearl Harbor survivors, Donald Stratton, Lauren Bruner and Joe George, got recognized for their services to their country by being awarded the commemorative 5 oz. Pearl Harbor Silver Coins. The daughter of Joe George, Joe Ann Taylor, accepted the Silver Coin on his behalf. She expressed her gratitude for getting a token to remember her father by.
The recognition of the veterans was combined with a five-day visit to Washington, D.C. and a tour of the White House, where President Trump met with the men and honored their services during the WWII and their experiences at Pearl Harbor.
Stratton and Bruner are two of the five remaining survivors from the bombing of the ship USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although nearly all of the Pacific Fleet was stationed at Pearl Harbor during that attack, USS Arizona suffered the most from attacks and eventually sunk, which resulted in the death of 1,117 of its crew members.
Stratton and Bruner also continuously work towards a posthumous medal for Joe George due to his heroic actions on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. George was serving on the USS Vestal, which was a repair ship stationed at Pearl Harbor, when he disobeyed orders of cutting the rope between Vestal and Arizona and threw a weighted heaving line instead. Those actions resulted in six lives being saved that day. However, his actions were unknown for almost 50 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and, unfortunately, George passed away before he could be personally recognized for his actions.
The Pearl Harbor Silver Coin was minted by U.S. Money Reserve to honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Every silver coin in the Pearl Harbor coin collection is plated in 99.9% silver with the 75th anniversary privy mark plated in 24K gold. The obverse side of each Pearl Harbor coin features an official portrait of Her Majesty Elizabeth II.
U.S. Money Reserve 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 wishes 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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