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USS Arizona BB-39 signed by 4 survivors....$1499.90
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USS Arizona (BB-39) was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for the United States Navy and the first to be named "Arizona". She is mostly remembered because of her sinking, with the loss of 1,177 lives, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the event that provoked the United States into entering World War II. Unlike most of the other ships sunk or damaged that day, the Arizona could not be salvaged, although the U.S. Navy removed several elements of the ship that were reused.
Of the eighty-eight Marines aboard the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941, only 15 survived. Of those 15, four survivors have signed this model: Milton Hurst, Glenn Lane, Russell McCurdy and Donald Stratton.
Milton Hurst joined the Navy in 1939 and was assigned to the USS Arizona, he was onboard when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. During his career he served aboard naval carriers USS Ticonderoga, USS Valley Forge, and the USS America. After retiring from the US Navy in 1970, Hurst worked as a government subcontractor in Washington, DC. and as an engineer for Teledyne Inet. Hurst passed away on October 16, 2010, after a brief illness.
Glenn Lane was also aboard the USS Arizona when the attack started and was blown off the burning deck. Men were directed to start swimming toward Ford Island, Lane wasn't a good swimmer but he was able to dog-paddle through the oily water of Battleship Row and climb aboard the USS Nevada. The USS Nevada was hit by the second wave of fighter planes, but was able to get underway during the attack, taking Lane with it.
Russell McCurdy was tossed to the deck when the ship exploded. As the ship was on fire and sinking, he and his fellow Marines abandoned their battle station and descended to the decks below. Men were coming out of hatches from below decks; many naked and badly burned. Men were told to abandon ship and many started swimming to nearby Ford Island. Like Lane, McCurdy was also not a good swimmer, but eventually made it to Ford Island. Later that day, McCurdy finally had a chance for a shower and a meal and then reported for duty on the Battleship Tennessee. McCurdy retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1965, with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He passed away on June 17, 2005.
Donald Stratton joined the US Navy in October 1940. After boot camp training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, he boarded the USS Arizona BB39 in Washington. As soon as the Pearl Harbor attack started Stratton ran for his battle station. Another ship, the USS Vestal, was tied up outboard of the Arizona, because they were doing some work on the ship. There was a sailor out on the deck of the Vestal who attached a line to the Arizona, about 45 feet in the air, over lots of fire and water. Six men went across that line, one being Donald Stratton.
Certificate of Authenticity included.