Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton honored in Colorado Springs

Posted at 11:36 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 13:41:40-05

COLORADO SPRINGS – Special honors for a member of the greatest generation who lives right here in Colorado Springs as WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton was recognized during a ceremony at the Penrose House.

Thanks to the Pikes Peak Heroes Legacy Committee, Stratton’s name will be remembered in his home community for years to come as the Fillmore Bridge over i-25 is being renamed in his honor.

Donald Stratton
Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton was a crew member of the USS Arizona. (KOAA)

The group is also working on a large-scale mobile museum exhibit dedicated to the story of Donald, the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor.

“It’s a wonderful thing, but it brings back a lot of memories of the ship and we lost so many men that day,” said Donald Stratton.

“‘Everybody had to be someplace’ that’s his favorite saying and its really true because when you look at life in general, everybody has to be someplace, he just happened to be there that day,” said son Randy Stratton.

The exhibit is expected to be delivered by next spring.