Red Cloud, NE: WWII Veteran Returns Home to Red Cloud

On March 2, Arlene Karr, resident of Heritage of Red Cloud, was visited by her twin sister, Velma Stratton following Velma’s husband, Don’s, military graveside service. Velma was accompanied by Randy, her son and Nicole, her granddaughter. They had made the trip Saturday from Colorado after Donald’s funeral service where hundreds, lined the roads from Colorado to Kansas to Red Cloud to welcome the Nebraska native home to be buried with military honors. Don’s granddaughter, Nicole shared that her grandfather would say it is even more important to share his story just so the events of the past never happen again. Don was also an author. From the back cover of his book, “All the Gallant Men”, the most gripping, intimate, and inspiring account of Pearl Harbor. The first memoir ever published by a USS Arizona survivor.
March Second is now “Donald Stratton Day” in Red Cloud as he is one the three remaining USS Arizona survivors. Don’s family described him humble, wanting to come back to be buried in Nebraska. His humor reminded those to remain positive and lighthearted. Donald’s impact will live on as there are plans in the works to turn the book that he wrote into a movie.

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Submitted by Carla Boyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Heritage of Red Cloud, Red Cloud, Nebraska