The Lone Sailor
|Location||United States Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C., United States|
|Owner||National Park Service|
The face of the The Lone Sailor was inspired by that of Rear Admiral William Thompson, the first president and CEO of the Navy Memorial Foundation, which raised the funds to create the Navy Memorial. As a tribute to Thompson's work to bring the memorial to fruition, sculptor Stanley Bleifeld used photos of Thompson from his early days of service in World War II for the statue's face. As reflected in the stencil on the sculpture's seabag, Bleifeld also gave Thompson's name to the figure. The body of The Lone Sailor is modeled on then Petty Officer First Class Dan Maloney. After giving up on honor guard models, Bleifeld asked New London Submarine Base for someone more typical. As part of the casting process, the bronze for The Lone Sailor was mixed with artifacts from eight U. S. Navy ships, provided by the Naval Historical Center.
Replicas around the United States
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Museum
- Bremerton, Washington, Bremerton Marina. Dedicated May 23, 2009.
- Burlington, Vermont, Leahy Center.
- Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Naval Memorial Park.
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Esplanade Park overlooking the New River.
- Great Lakes, Illinois, Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
- Jacksonville, Florida, overlooking the St. Johns River.
- Long Beach, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
- Norfolk, Virginia, in Wisconsin Square standing watch over the museum ship USS Wisconsin.
- San Francisco, California, above Fort Baker.
- Waterloo, Iowa, Grout Museum. 
- Washington, D.C., in the West Wing of the White House, a 24-inch replica is stationed at the entrance to the White House Mess. Presented to President Reagan in 1987 by the Navy Memorial Dedication Committee.
- West Haven, Connecticut, in Old Grove Park. The statue in West Haven, CT was donated by residents and Navy veteran, Marty DeGrand.
The United States Navy Memorial web site states there are 12 Lone Sailor statues placed in the United States, but does not list the additional locations.
- "‘Lone Sailor' Bound for Bremerton Marina". Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- "Navy Memorials Around The Country". Archived from the original on 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- "Lone Sailor - Bremerton". Retrieved January 10, 2010.
- "Grout Museum Addition". Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- "The Lone Sailor© - West Haven, Connecticut". Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- "Navy Memorials Around the Country". Retrieved 2009-02-22.
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