Lubbock law enforcement provides escort for piece of WWII history

WWII artifact arrives in Amarillo
UPS Freight Driver and Air Force veteran Burt Robinson (Source: KCBD Video)
UPS Freight Driver and Air Force veteran Burt Robinson (Source: KCBD Video)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A historic artifact left Lubbock on Saturday, on the final leg of its long journey to Amarillo. This piece of the USS Arizona left Hawaii last Friday.

Lubbock law enforcement and Patriot Guard riders escorted this piece of the battleship that sank during the bombing of Pearl Harbor out of town early on Saturday morning.

It's one of 112 pieces that the Navy has been sending to museums and other places around the country since 1983.

UPS transported the artifact at no cost, beginning with a cargo jet, then train and now freight, driven by an Air Force veteran.

UPS Freight Driver and Air Force veteran Burt Robinson said, "Being a vet and doing something for the sailors and Marines that sacrificed their life to defend this country, I think it's the least I can do to take part in a program that will allow the people of West Texas to enjoy a piece of history and to cherish a piece of history here in West Texas."

After the 3,600-mile journey, this 800-pound steel plate and part of the battleship's wooden deck is now at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial.

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