Ken Potts

Coxswain USS Arizona (BB.39)

HOWARD KENTON “KEN” POTTS – Coxswain USS Arizona (BB.39)

In an incredible twist of fortune while presenting the logbook to Mr Donald Stratton in Washington DC another USS Arizona survivor was with the group, Mr Ken Potts and he graciously agreed to sign.

Mr. Potts was on a harbor boat on 7 December 1941 returning to the ship when the chaos began. He boarded the burning USS Arizona, ducking and dodging debris and shrapnel and runaway fires for the next three hours before he heard the abandon ship signal. He was later put on a diving crew tasked with retrieving the bodies of men he had served alongside.

Signatures of USS Arizona survivors Ken Potts (left) and Donald Stratton (right)

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