Don Stratton, one of three remaining crew from USS Arizona, dies at 97
February 20, 2020
Donald G. Stratton, 97, of Colorado Springs, in his sleep on Saturday at his home in Colorado Springs.
Services are pending. Burial is planned for Red Cloud.
Through the soles of his shoes, Donald Stratton could feel the heat from the platform where he stood on the wounded USS Arizona. The battleship shuddered as another explosion, the most powerful yet, cracked its hull.
Six men huddled on the port side fire control tower, burned badly, trapped as the ship sank in the shallow waters near Honolulu that day, Dec. 7, 1941. Had it been only 14 minutes since Japanese bombers shattered the mo...