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Sen. Cory Gardner meets with Pearl Harbor Survivor in Colorado Springs

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For one Colorado Springs veteran, Saturday morning meant a visit between him and Senator Cory Gardner.

As the senator sat down on Donald Stratton's couch, the senator remarked it was one of the best Veteran's Days he's ever celebrated.

For Stratton, the meeting was more than an informal visit from Senator Gardner. 

Stratton is a survivor of the U.S.S Arizona- destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th, 1941. 

'It's very overwhelming,' said Senator Gardner. 

The Pearl Harbor survivor visited Washington D.C several months ago in hopes of getting a medal of honor for the man he credits with saving his life. 

Stratton and Gardner met during his visit, but the process of getting Joe George recognized has been difficult. 

"He sure needs credit for what happened,' said Stratton. 

'This is a crazy thing where there's bureaucracy in the way, you would think when it comes to something like this that it would just happen ' said Sen. Gardner. 

The day was made sweeter when Stratton received news the Fillmore bridge in Colorado Springs will be named after him. 

His family cheered as the call came in Saturday morning.

As the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor approaches, Stratton will make another trip to the Pearl Harbor memorial to remember a day that is still so vivid in his mind. 

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