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Lex Patten donated 100-pound shoulder mount to Navy’s newest warship

USS Anchorage moosehead

Lex Patten, left, helps carry a bull moose head mount he donated to the USS Anchorage, the Navy’s newest warship. Photo courtesy of Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News. Photo used with permission.

From this week’s odd news file comes the story of a moose head shoulder mount that was donated to … the USS Anchorage?

Yep, a hunter’s trophy mount will hang somewhere aboard the Navy’s newest warship, an amphibious transport dock that was to depart Alaska this week after a commissioning ceremony.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, it was a gift from Anchorage resident Lex Patten in honor of his late father, Allen, a World War II Navy veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. Allen retired from the Navy and moved to Alaska in 1962. He died in 2004.

“It was the last moose hunt I went on with my dad,” Patten told the Anchorage Daily News. “He insisted on packing out the antlers, about a mile, and he did. He was 73 at the time.”

Patten shot the moose while hunting in Alaska in 1990.

The bull moose rack measures 64.5 inches and weighs about 100 pounds. Patten wasn’t sure where the moose head would be put on display aboard the USS Anchorage, which oddly enough has accepted several other wild animal trophies as gifts.

“But the captain is quite an outdoorsman,” Patten told the Daily News. “I guess he has a plan for where to put it where it will be seen by anyone visiting the ship.”

This wasn’t the first time Patten has donated a hunter’s trophy mount to the Navy. According to the Daily News, he also donated a Dall sheep shoulder mount to the submarine USS Alaska during its commissioning in 1986.