Pearl Harbor Veterans Motorcade

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There are three living survivors of the USS Arizona, attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 on 12/7. Now there are just two. Donald Stratton died peacefully in his sleep in Colorado Springs at the age of 97. Stratton suffered burns over 70% of his body while escaping. Seaman 1st Stratton received a medical discharge in September 1942 and re-enlisted in 1944 and was discharged in December 1946 as Gunner’s Mate 2nd class.

Our government’s Federal Protection Agency provided the dignified honors motorcade for Donald Stratton on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from Colorado Springs to Red Cloud, Nebraska where he will be given full military honors on Monday March 2nd at 11 a.m. {{more}}

It passed through Smith County, Kansas about 9:45 Saturday evening to people lined up on Highway 36 including a fire truck and many people flying flags. Jamie and Jennifer Isom made a lighted display featuring the US flag and Kansas University Jayhawk. Today the KU basketball team won the game.

Highway patrol and motorcycles led the motorcade that went through the town of Smith Center in about 10 seconds.

Folks along the road

Sharon Black is from Smith Center, Kansas. We welcome her to our team of volunteers.

Smith Center KansasSharon Black has been writing for many years including newspapers, short stories, and as a publisher. She was born in Nebraska and has lived in Kansas most of her life. In her hometown of Smith Center, Kansas, Willa Cather’s hometown is to the north and Bob Dole’s hometown is to the south. Sharon is a press release writer for the National Parks Arts Foundation, and writes for b U n e k e magazine. The biggest project she has accomplished is co-writer of the TV movie Home on the Range. The movie is about the song, which is the state song of Kansas and the lawsuit surrounding it in the 1930s, and finding the rightful author of the song. Sharon is distantly related to the Mississippi writer Eudora Welty.

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