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The Lou Conter Story: From USS Arizona Survivor to Unsung American Hero tells the incredible story of one of the last remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. More than just a recollection of the events that transpired in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, this book also records the author's memorable experiences before and after the Day of Infamy.
Conter was on the USS Arizona deck when a Japanese armor-piercing bomb hit one million pounds of gunpowder stored in the ship's hull. He helped rescue crewmen following the explosion and dove into the wreckage to recover bodies in the days after. In 1942, Conter went to flight school where he earned his wings and became a VP-11 Black Cat pilot. He helped rescue over two hundred Australian Coastwatchers stranded in northern New Guinea and was shot down twice -- once swimming with his crew while sharks circled. Conter also helped rescue over two hundred Australian shore watchers up the Sepik River in New Guinea.
After World War II, he became an intelligence officer, flew combat in Korea, created the Navy's first SERE program (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape), and served as a military advisor to presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.
Lou Conter shares his Pearl Harbor experiences with high school students throughout Northern California, and he returns to the USS Arizona every December to take part in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day activities to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. In 2019, Conter was one of only three remaining crew members out of the 335 who had survived the attack on the USS Arizona. He was the only survivor able to attend the memorial event.
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"Marched Through Fire, Forged Into Steel" is written on the perimeter of one side of the coin reflecting the iconic photo of six United States Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Above the marines, it says "Honor, Courage, Commitment" and to each side of the marines says "Enter Recruits, Exit Marines." On the bottom perimeter of the coin says "The Crucible."
On the reverse side of the coin over red enamel reads "United States Marine Corps" on the top and "Earned, Never Given" on the bottom. "Semper Fidelis" is written just below the Marine Corps Emblem.
This coin is made out of a heavy, bronze-colored metal and is roughly 2 inches in diameter.
Secured the pages where I left off great item
Proud to display our Stars & Stripes flown on Arizona Memorial, in the shadow box I'm putting together for my son, a Marine 1st LT, who recently decided to become a civilian again. Mahalo PHP for making this possible.
I added these to my order to get free shipping (as one does), but I was really pleased with that choice when they arrived and I saw how cute they were! Definitely worth adding on to a purchase, or, if you're a big sticker person, buying on their own.
I'm very pleased with this purchase! She arrived much quicker than I expected, and the quality is high. Her fur is very soft, and the costume is well-made. She looks adorable sitting on my bookshelf!
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I Love This Black Rears #12 Photo very much So and I`m so glad that I got it. Thank You very Very Much . Yours Truly Eileen Stratton
Shipped right away, and got nice thank you from person who shipped it! My husband loved the shirt! Fit perfect!
Fantastic service, even during the time of the Coronavirus.
Nice memento to remind you of your Diamond Head hike. Not flashy and somewhat subdued.
Nice shirt. Has a retro look to it.
This is a very nice souvenir. I liked that it is dated for the day you specifically hiked Diamond Head and you are named on the certificate. One of those items that starts a conversation.
This medallion is well made with nice colors and texture. It is larger than I thought it would be. Looks great !
Love the recipes and I buy mugs every year for my friends and family
Bought this for my husband - nice quality, fit, and value. Pearl Harbor is such a memorable and beautiful memorial, and this shirt is a nice reminder of our visit.
Can’t put this book down too good not to read ! Very well told in very good detail too love this book !
This shirt is the perfect momento from my visit to Pear Harbor. Love the design and it fits great.
I ordered 3 bags and love them! Perfect size. Delivery was fast. Well made and would purchase more.
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Love this shirt!! Finally have something that reminds me of our visit to the memorial!
So happy this is available. We visited Pearl Harbor when my kid was younger. Now we can learn about it and earn the badge.
A quality commemorative coin that is exactly as advertised. Comes with authenticity certificate and nice holding case.
I enjoyed reading the book, away's nice to learn new things.
I have met 250 plus Pearl Harbor Survivor over the years, and have been there for 3 Dec. 7th Ann.
We can never forget the man and women who fought and died on that day.
Perfect size for a necklace. It’s very delicate and pretty. Love it!
Exactly what I was looking for!
5 yrs ago when we visited, my husband purchased this cup for his morning coffee. He always worried it would break and he would not have another. For his birthday I bought him another one. I really like this one! He loved it! Thank you!
Very happy with purchase. Have a collection of these poker chips and honored to add this one to our collection.
Very happy with purchase, exactly what I was looking for.
Gave it to my girlfriend who is a Nurse
First of all, I want to thank Mr. McCoy for his follow-up correspondence. He is very professional and a credit to the National Park System. Second, I ordered the book specifically from your bookstore as I have been there before (75th Anniversary Commemoration) and wish to support you all. Finally, Mr. Brunner’s story is RIVETING! I read the entire book in 3 days! While reading it I felt as if I were there during the attack. I highly recommend this book and am already speaking with other History/Social Studies Teachers about it! Please keep up your good work and know how much I appreciate you all. Thank you. Steven Glatz - Melissa, TX
Delighted to have received this detailed and high quality item from Pacific Historic Parks - a truly well done coin and tribute to the USS Arizona and Memorial. Thank You -John H. from New Jersey
Very, very happy with my whole experience. I placed my order right before everything started shutting down due to the pandemic. They were nice enough to reach out and let me know my order wouldn't ship until May and wanted to make sure I was okay with that and didn't want to cancel. I said no problem just send it whenever. I actually received everything about 2 weeks after I placed the order - way earlier than expected. And everything is perfect, exactly what I was expecting and packed and shipped very carefully. Thanks so much!
Love the shirt and it is a great opportunity for me on casual Friday to honor my grandfather as an Arizona survivor. Shirt fits great and the stitching is high quality. Completely happy with my purchase
We loved the t shirt and coffee mug we got. Thank you so much
Had to replace this souvenir and was shipped quickly!
Great shirts and expedited shipping for these items, thank you for the excellent service and accurate description of the items I purchased... aloha
The flag and certificate I received, was outstanding! The staff was very helpful as well. This is a great retirement gift.
This was donated to the officers at the local correctional institution.
They were very Thrilled to have a flag flown over Pearl Harbor for so many reasons,
About 1/2 or more of the officers are veterans.
Hope to someday visit again.