ICONIC PIECE OF HISTORY
MADE WITH AUTHENTICATED USS ARIZONA STEEL
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.
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.
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.
Each USS Arizona Medal of Freedom ordered is a direct donation to the foundation, which is entitled to a tax deduction, and will allow us to continue our mission to honor and educate. Learn more about how your donation will be used.
“ More than ever before since World War II, freedom as we know it is being challenged, and it is up to all of us to stand up and explain to those we love the crossroads that looms before us. Let the Medal of Freedom be that inspiration.
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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The USS Arizona Medal of Freedom is available as engraved Limited Editions fetauring the logo of your business or organization. Corporate orders are issued as simple purchase orders. Please contact the Lauren F. Bruner Foundation to set up your corporate order today.
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Neither the Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation nor the USS Arizona Medal of Freedom are affiliated with the United States Navy, the United States Armed Forces, or the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations may be tax deductible, depending on your tax situation.
The USS Arizona steel used to produce the Medal of Freedom has been blended with stainless steel and has been engineered to prevent rust and surface tarnishing.