PEARLS ON THE ROAD AND IN THE NEWS
Show your support for the veterans of Pearl Harbor with this classic Remember Pearl Harbor 8" x 3" bumper sticker.
ON THE ROAD WITH HISTORY
In the fall of 2008, author Dana Harbaugh purchased a 2009 Harley Davidson Cross Bones motocycle. As an avid Harley rider, he wanted this motorcycle to help clear his head and focus his mind on his book project documenting the Pearl Harbor Survivors mission to Keep America Alert.
A month later, he met artisan Sandy Steiner of Chrome Fusion at the 2008 Las Vegas Bike Fest. Sandy’s detailed hand-engraving of military emblems caught Dana’s eye and an idea was born to turn the Cross Bones into a rolling tribute to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The bike was taken over to their shop and design ideas were considered. Every piece that could be engraved would bear some kind of image or quote related to the day that will live in infamy; in effect turning a stock Harley into a rolling tribute and history lesson.
Permission was received from Dana’s friend, and the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient during World War II, John Finn to reproduce his service photo from 1941 and his actual Congressional Medal of Honor on the side of the gas tank. Once the design was laid out, the bike was disassembled and the sanding and engraving process began. Dwight Purcell of Purcellz Customz did the paint work, as Sandy and his son Jason finished each of the various engravings. Meanwhile, a custom leather seat was commissioned from Shirley Zanelli of BadAss Seats. Sandy’s wife, Joyce, hand painted some of the engraved line work to bring out various elements, but most of the chrome was left as is. In order to protect Metal, Krystal Hosmer of Spark Creative and Mark Baker’s team at Color Reflections began work on design, printing and installation of the graphic wrap for Metal’s trailer. The flower lei was drawn by Lori Anzalone.
Dana was due to take the bike to California over Memorial Day weekend for the services at Mt. Soledad. Raymond Fishcher and his team at Attitude Custom Cycles worked into the night as Dana was scheduled to leave first thing to get Metal reassembled for it’s unveiling to John Finn on Sunday. With finger-crossed, the final piece was attached and Raymond started the bike. The Harley’s engine roared to life with a vengeance and Metal was ready to roll. Dana took the bike and trailer to John’s ranch house for a private unveiling. John, who has always loved motorcycles, was delighted with the result of Dana’s vision that he had heard so much about. He signed the gas tank next to his image, giving this tribute it’s final touch.
The author will take Metal of Honor to various events and ceremonies. He hopes that Metal of Honor will continue to awe and inspire younger generations to become interested in the history of World War II and American history in general. Perhaps the bike will inspire some to become more appreciative of the service and sacrifice of military personnel everywhere.
We now accept donations on our blog. By donating to Pearls of Honor/Metal of Honor you are helping to offset the cost of taking Metal of Honor out for display and helping us to continue our efforts to educate the younger generations about the importance of Pearl Harbor. PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT a non-profit and your donation is NOT tax-deductible. Donations do not entitle you to ANY interest or ownership in the project, Pearls of Honor or Metal of Honor.