07 May 2013

Antlers Aweigh!

USS Anchorage, the Navy's newest warship, sailed out of Anchorage and Cook Inlet on the 6th. But before she left, there was this:

Anchorage resident Lex Patten donated a shoulder mount moose head to the USS Anchorage before its departure from the city on Monday. The Navy's newest warship, an amphibious transport dock, was in port for its commissioning ceremony, which took place on May 4. Patten said the gift was in honor of his late father, a World War II Navy veteran.

Lex Patten, left, carries a bull moose shoulder mount with a rack measuring 64.5 inches with the help of Cory Purcell, that he donated to the USS Anchorage on Monday, May 6, 2013. Patten also donated a Dall sheep shoulder mount to the submarine USS Alaska during its commissioning in 1986. Patten's father Allen Patten, and five of his brothers survived the attack on Pearl Harbor while aboard the USS Nevada, and the brothers later survived the attack on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Bill Roth — Anchorage Daily News
Allen Patten and his brothers were assigned to the battleship Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was then transferred to the aircraft carrier Lexington, which was sunk in the Battle of the Coral Sea. He also served on the USS Enterprise and took part in the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf. He retired from the Navy and moved to Alaska in 1962. He died in 2004.

Lex Patten said he shot the moose in the McGrath area in 1990. "It was the last moose hunt I went on with my dad. He insisted on packing out the antlers, about a mile, and he did. He was 73 at the time."
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Saying farewell and fare thee well to the USS Anchorage and all souls on board. Photo by John Gomes. 5-6-13


Old NFO said...

AND his wife was VERY relieved to see that monster go... :-)

Rev. Paul said...

Actually, NFO, that 'monster' was on display at the Sportsman's Warehouse store here in south Anchorage. I doubt his wife was sad, though.