USS Arizona Medal of Freedom

Medal of Freedom Illustration
TAKE HOME AN
 
ICONIC PIECE OF HISTORY

THAT WILL LAST GENERATIONS


The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom was conceived by USS Arizona crew member and survivor Lauren F. Bruner, who was the "Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona". Lauren's vision was to find a way to allow families throughout the world to preserve and pass down the legacy of his ship and crew for future generations. The steel "A" embedded on the front of the medal is authenticated steel from USS Arizona, which has been mixed into a stainless steel alloy so that it will never rust as it is passed down from one generation to the next.

THE ORIGINS

On the fateful morning of 7 December 1941, USS Arizona, with its crew of 1,512 men, was attacked and bombed by the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces. As the battleship sunk to her fiery death, only 335 crewmen made it out alive. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the wreckage of USS Arizona remained at Pearl Harbor as naval salvage crews began removing all remains of the ship above the waterline - a process that took over a year to complete. These remains were transported by barge to a Navy salvage field, where they have remained and continued to rust for 80 years. As a survivor of USS Arizona, Lauren Bruner had been gifted several pieces of wreckage from this salvage yard by different naval commands throughout his life, and it is from these pieces that Lauren Bruner had envisioned creating the USS Arizona Medal of Freedom.

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THE VISION

Lauren Bruner established his foundation, the Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation, in 2015, with the mission to ensure that his crew and their sacrifice be remembered for future generations. When Lauren received pieces of his ship from the Navy, it was his hope that he could somehow share these pieces with families throughout America and the world, so that everyday citizens could have a special piece of history that could be passed down from one generation to the next.

Lauren Bruner's vision in creating the USS Arizona Medal of Freedom was to take his rusted pieces of the ship's steel that had been left deteriorating for decades, and preserve it in a way that would honor his ship and fellow crewmates in a dignified manner.

“The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom will give you the chance to share an American Iconic Relic from the USS Arizona with your children and grandchildren as you tell them the story of the crew members from your state who sacrificed their lives for those to follow.

Let your children or grandchildren hold your medal and touch a 'real piece' of steel from the American Icon USS Arizona. It will be something they will never forget and always remember you for.”

A HISTORIC ICON

The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom carries the history of USS Arizona from the time the ship was launched to the time the ship was bombed and sunk. On June 19, 1915, USS Arizona was launched in Brookyln Navy Yard, and as part of the ship's launching and christening, dignitaries were given an "Arizona" launching medallion. The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom encompasses elements of this design to pay honor to the ship's beginnings.

The medal's steel "A" has been made from actual USS Arizona steel, which was given to the foundation by Lauren. The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom encompasses the rich history of one of the greatest cornerstones of America's history.

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A MILLION-MILE JOURNEY

From the time the ship was launched to the time the USS Arizona Medal of Freedom arrives at your home, the sacred USS Arizona steel within each medal will have traveled over one million miles.

The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom has been crafted by the hands of experts across North America in order that you are able to take home something truly special. From the USS Arizona steel being analyzed and authenticated, to its being melted into a stainless steel alloy that will never rust, to it being rolled into sheets and then laser-cut, the steel's "Million-Mile Journey" allows the legacy of USS Arizona to continue.


COMING SOON...

The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom will be available to the general public in March of 2022.

The medal is a fundraising effort by the Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, each order is a direct donation to the foundation and may be tax-deductible. Our goal is to raise funds in order to develop an educational app to help educate future generations in a meaningful and engaging way.

The vision for the educational app is to teach and insprire high school juniors and seniors throughout the United States and Canada, allowing students to see each of the 1,512 crew members of USS Arizona as they looked in uniform on the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, through a hand-drawn portrait of each man and from the state or province he was born in.

Once completed, this educational app will have the potential to reach over 10 million high school history students each year into the future.

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Pre-production sample pictured. The Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation and the USS Arizona Medal of Freedom are not affiliated with the United States Navy.