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Devin D. Thorpe

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Seven Remaining Veterans of Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Return for a Final Salute

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, December 17, 2015. Community Funded ( is helping the families of the last surviving sailors of the USS Arizona return to Hawaii on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor to pay their final respects to shipmates lost on that fateful day.

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

The 75th anniversary of the Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the destruction of the USS Arizona occurs on December 7, 2016. Almost half of the total casualties at Pearl Harbor occurred on the USS Arizona when an armor-piercing bomb ignited the ship’s ammunition magazines, killing 1,177 of the 1,512 sailors and Marines aboard.

The crowdfunding campaign is raising funds to pay travel expenses for the remaining survivors and their families to return to Pearl Harbor on the 75th Anniversary. All funds raised beyond the fundraising goal will be donated to help veterans across America.

USS Arizona Survivors

USS Arizona Survivors

The survivors include:

  • Donald Stratton, age 93, of Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Lou Conter, age 93, of Grass Valley, California
  • Lauren Bruner, age 94, of La Mirada, California
  • Lonnie Cook, age 94, of Morris, Oklahoma
  • Ken Potts, age 92, of Provo, Utah
  • Clarendon Hetrick, age 96, of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Raymond Haerry, age 94, of West Warwick, Rhode Island

“My grandfather always put his country first,” said Nicole Stratton, granddaughter of survivor Donald Stratton. “This is our chance to put him first – to give all the survivors one last opportunity to honor those that sacrificed their lives for America.”

“It is an honor for Community Funded to be a part of this and we are volunteering our time and technology,“ said Ryan Stover, Co-Founder of Community Funded. “This is our chance to give back – to honor the servicemen and women and their families that sacrifice to protect our country.”

The initial goal of the crowdfunding campaign is $35,000. This will cover the survivors’ travel to Honolulu alongside a spouse and/or a caregiver.

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Community Funded ( provides powerful yet easy-to-use crowd-fundraising solutions that help organizations achieve their development goals. We also offer education and training to ensure success. @communityfunded

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