Born in 1922, Donald Stratton grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Upon graduating high school in 1940, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and reported for duty on the battleship USS Arizona. After more than a year of recuperation following the Pearl Harbor attacks, Stratton reenlisted in the Navy and was commissioned to the destroyer USS Stack. From 1944-45, he served in the Pacific at the naval campaigns for New Guinea, the Philippines, and Okinawa. He has been married to his wife, Velma, for sixty-six years. They live in Colorado Springs. Ken Gire is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Windows of the Soul. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary.
"An intimate account. ... A powerful voice."--Library
"An unforgettable story of unfathomable courage."--Reader's Digest
"Stratton tells his epic story in the memoir All the Gallant Men. ... Stratton would have been among the 1,177 USS Arizona shipmates -- out of 1,511 aboard -- who perished if not for a nail-biting escape."--New York Post