The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Colorado Springs resident Donald Stratton, the revered Pearl Harbor survivor who died last weekend at 97.
Stratton’s family has asked the attendees to wear red, white and blue Hawaiian shirts, USS Arizona apparel or service uniforms.
The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, 4285 N. Academy Blvd.
Stratton, who had lived in Colorado Springs for 13 years, will have a permanent place in the Pikes Peak region’s pantheon of heroes. The Fillmore Street Bridge over Interstate 25 was named in his honor and a piece of his battleship’s wreckage remains on display at the Colorado Springs Airport after Stratton helped local leaders obtain it.
In the twilight of his life, Stratton shared memories for a book that serves as a memorial to his Arizona shipmates. “All the Gallant Men” recalls Stratton’s survival and the heroism that was commonplace among sailors during the attack.
Stratton is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Velma, four children and 13 grandchildren. To read the full article about Stratton, click here.
Burial, also open to the public, will be March 2, at Red Cloud Cemetery in Red Cloud, Neb.