Lex Patten had gone hunting with his father, a Navy vet from Pearl Harbor, back in 1990. And they had bagged a moose, with a rack 65 inches and a head of 100 pounds. When the mighty USS Anchorage pulled into town, guess what he did:
Lex Patten, left, carries a bull moose shoulder mount with a rack measuring 64.5 inches with the help of Cory Purcell, that he donated to the USS Anchorage on Monday, May 6, 2013. Patten also donated a Dall sheep shoulder mount to the submarine USS Alaska during its commissioning in 1986. Patten’s father Allen Patten, and five of his brothers survived the attack on Pearl Harbor while aboard the USS Nevada, and the brothers later survived the attack on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
I love how the USS Anchorage has gotten several taxidermy gifts. . .