May 08, 2013
Moose Mount Gets Place on Navy's Newest Warship
By CJ Lotz
A 65-inch bull moose mount will adorn a space aboard the U.S. Navy's newest warship, the USS Anchorage.
The 100-pound shoulder mount was donated by Anchorage resident Lex Patten, who shot the moose in 1990 on a hunt with his late father, Allen. "It was the last moose hunt I went on with my dad," he said. "[Dad] insisted on packing out the antlers, about a mile, and he did. He was 73 at the time."
The mount is a tribute to the elder Patten, who was a Navy veteran assigned to the battleship Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was also aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington, which was sunk in the Battle of the Coral Sea. He retired from the Navy and moved to Alaska in 1962.
Read more from the Anchorage Daily News here.