Cory Gardner

02/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/16/2020 16:18

Gardner Statement on the Passing of Donald Stratton

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the passing of Colorado Springs resident and USS Arizona survivor Donald Stratton.

'Jaime and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Donald Stratton and send our prayers to his family members and loved ones during this time,' said Senator Gardner. 'The first time I met Donald Stratton, he told me, 'Everyone has to be somewhere.' Today we know he has joined his fallen shipmates from the USS Arizona in heaven. Donald Stratton spent his life making sure the man who saved his life and others aboard the burning USS Arizona, Joe George, was recognized posthumously for his heroism. Veterans like Donald Stratton are the best this country has to offer and I thank God every day for Americans like them. May God bless this hero, his family, and all who have and continue to serve our country.'

Senator Gardner worked with Donald Stratton and the U.S. Navy to award the Bronze Star Medal posthumously to Joseph George for saving six sailors stationed on the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.