- Published: Friday, 30 October 2015 01:55
- Written by Administrator
Donald Gay Stratton
Seaman First Class
Don Stratton 2014
- Branch: United States Navy
- Service Number: Living - Hidden for Privacy
- Rate: S1/c (Seaman First Class)
- Duties: Know naval drill duties, knots, steering and signaling. Stand watch and gunnery duties.
- Enlisted: 16 October 1940
- Place: Omaha, Nebraska
- Onboard USS Arizona: 9 December 1940
- From: NTS Great Lakes via PSNY
- Transferred: 7 December 1941
- To: USNH Mare Island for injuries sustained at Pearl Harbor.
- Date of Birth: Living - Hidden for Privacy
- Place of Birth: Nebraska
After surviving Pearl Harbor with burns over 70% of his body and receiving a medical discharge in September 1942, Don Stratton reenlisted and completed boot camp in January 1944. He served out the war and was discharged in December 1946 at the rank of GM2c
After not only serving our country, but being one of few remaining sailors to have survived the bombing of the USS Arizona, Donald Stratton found his way to trucks. Following his military career, he went to work with deep-sea divers as an able seaman, a barge master, and diver tender. His fellow divers used trucks to haul what was then in excess of one-hundred and fifty pounds of gear per diver. After enough deep sea excursions, Donald realized he needed a truck of his own. Finally, in 1971, Donald bought his ‘65 Chevrolet off a Santa Barbara lot and has spent every year since restoring it.
Read the full story and view photos of his Chevy There is also a video interview with Mr. Stratton before the truck story. >Story Here<
Information researched and compiled by N. A. Nease and provided on USSARIZONA.ORG free of charge.
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