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All the Gallant Men: The First Memoir by a USS Arizona Survivor, Soft Cover

At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack — the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona — veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates — approximately half the American fatalaties at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.

All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable — and remarkably inspiring — memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years.

Soft cover. 308 pages.

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very colorful heavy duty magnet glad i bought it proud to display it to honor the brave men and women who served at pearl harbor

Honors Rendered

I had the opportunity to be in Hawaii Nov. 30 to Dec. 9th 2021, participating in the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. During this time I escorted 41 Young Marines from the Pfc Bruce W Carter MEDAL OF HONOR Miami FL unit. I proudly ordered and received 15 Flags flown on December 7. 2021. These were presented to those Veteran's who have served and fought for our Country. Thank you for fulfilling my request in a timely manner, and the Certificates made these a personal gift which is honored by all..Semper Fidelis Gunny Lou Slagle USMC Ret

An Awesome Piece to my Pearl Harbor Collection

I love this canvas bag! It is super sturdy! And I can't wait to use it when I go to coffee shops to write!

Amazing gifts!!!

I was given a flag 6-7 years ago. For years I wondered how my friend got a flag from the USS Arizona memorial. After visiting the museum and seeing I could order flags, I have been giving these as gifts for family graduating boot camp, for birthdays, retirements, and any other special dates in the lives of service members and family members. These flags, given as gifts, are absolutely amazing.

80th Anniversary Commemoration

We were able to commemorate my father in law being on board the USS Nevada on that Sunday morning 80 years ago by being at Pearl Harbor. My wife and 2 of her siblings, as well as my daughter and her family, were able to be there this year. Having flags that were flown on the 7th at the USS Arizona Memorial are a tribute to the acts of bravery and sacrifice that occurred that morning throughout Oahu. The 2 flags I ordered were flown on the 7th and arrived with certificates very quickly. Thank you Pacific Historic Parks!!!