Archetype Media Group





2 Hours Estimated Run-Time


At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbour. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighbouring vessel.

Forty-five feet below, the harbour’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart. In this extraordinary, never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbour attack—the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona—ninety-four-year-old Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates—approximately half the American fatalities at Pearl Harbour. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.


AMG.MEDIA GROUP has acquired the rights to NYT bestselling author Ken Gire’s book All The Gallant Men,  (William Morrow) with plans in developing the book into a feature film. Reader’s Digest described the book as “an unforgettable story of unfathomable courage.


For More Information On Our Development, A Deck Or Press Release, Please Contact Our Film Department:

Rita Hernandez (Film Development Executive)


Greg Johnson (Executive producer On All The Gallant Men)


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3140 E. Ruben M Torres, Brownsville, Texas 78526


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