The Lone Sailor

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The Lone Sailor
Artist Stanley Bleifeld
Year 1987
Type Bronze
Location United States Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°53′39″N 77°1′23″W / 38.89417°N 77.02306°W / 38.89417; -77.02306 (The Lone Sailor, Washington)Coordinates: 38°53′39″N 77°1′23″W / 38.89417°N 77.02306°W / 38.89417; -77.02306 (The Lone Sailor, Washington)
Owner National Park Service

The Lone Sailor, a 1987 bronze sculpture, is a tribute to all the personnel of the sea services. The sculpture was created by Stanley Bleifeld, for the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.


The Lone Sailor is modeled on then Petty Officer 1st class Dan Maloney. The name of the lone sailor as read on the seabag is William Thompson. After giving up on honor guard models, Bleifeld asked New London Submarine Base for someone more typical.[1] 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[edit]

The Lone Sailor keeps watch over USS Wisconsin

There are other copies of The Lone Sailor in memorials around the United States.[2]

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.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "‘Lone Sailor' Bound for Bremerton Marina". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Navy Memorials Around The Country". Archived from the original on 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Lone Sailor - Bremerton". Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Grout Museum Addition". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  5. ^ "The Lone Sailor© - West Haven, Connecticut". Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Navy Memorials Around the Country". Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

External links[edit]

Media related to The Lone Sailor at Wikimedia Commons