U.S. Money Reserve, one of the nation’s largest private distributors of government–issued gold, silver, and platinum products, worked with the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation to release gold and silver coins to honor the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. A portion of the proceeds of the sales for the 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor coin series was set aside to honor the events of December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise military strike on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Four battleships of the eight stationed at Pearl Harbor at the time sunk because of the strike. All but the USS Arizona were later raised from the water. As a result of the attack, 2,403 Americans were killed, and 1,178 additional citizens were wounded.
As a part of the U.S. Money Reserve partnership with the U.S. Navy Memorial, the Memorial put together a celebration of the United States Navy’s 242nd birthday on October 13, 2017. In 1775, the United States Navy was established during the American Revolution after authorization was given by the Continental Congress to establish a naval force to attack British commerce and offset British sea power.
In addition to commemorating the legacy of the United States Navy, the celebration held in October 2017 included recognition of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As part of the day’s events, a Lone Sailor Statue was unveiled at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
The original Lone Sailor Statue was created in 1987 by the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation’s official sculptor, Stanley Bleifeld, to show America’s respect and admiration for those who gave their lives for their country. It stands at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Fourteen copies of the original statue have been made and stand at other Navy memorials across the United States.
The new Lone Sailor Statue, made in two pieces, is 7 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds. The Sailor has a sea bag at his side, representing his role as the global citizen, ready at all times to protect the interests of the United States. The base of the statue includes steel recovered from the wreckage of the USS Arizona.
“The Lone Sailor Statue is a patriotic symbol of appreciation to the brave men and women in the Sea Services who voluntarily risk their lives to protect freedom,” said Angela Koch, CEO of U.S. Money Reserve. “The Lone Sailor is the iconic image of the U.S. Navy Memorial. It embodies honor, respect, and devotion to duty. We feel honored to help solidify America’s appreciation into a beautifully sculpted statue.”
The statue itself will be added to the Pacific National Monument as part of the World War II Valor exhibit. The Lone Sailor will look out over the harbor at the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. The USS Missouri is the ship that hosted the surrender of the Empire of Japan, which ended World War II. It is now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor that serves as a symbolic connection between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the formal ending of World War II.
“We are thankful to U.S. Money Reserve for helping to make this event happen. This statue stands watch looking across the harbor at the Arizona and USS Missouri as a sign of America’s respect and appreciation,” said retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Frank Thorp, president and CEO of the U.S. Navy Memorial. “We could not have installed this statue without the support of U.S. Money Reserve. They are a great partner for the U.S. Navy Memorial and the men and women of the U.S. Navy.”