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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 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."
|Saying farewell and fare thee well to the USS Anchorage and all souls on board. Photo by John Gomes. 5-6-13|