December 7th will always be a day of remembrance for me. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I lived in Hawaii for six years as a child. My dad was stationed at Schofield Barracks. I’ve been to the Arizona Memorial as a child, and although it was awe-inspiring to see back then, it’s much more significant to me as an adult to see that memorial, to see the oil drops reflecting the ominous signs of the oil still leaking from the wreckage of the USS Arizona. Ever since I became involved with GORUCK, the December 7th Pearl Harbor GRC has eluded me for the past few years. Although I have yet to become part of a Pearl Harbor GRC Class, I still remember the passion that pushed me to create the first Pearl Harbor GRC Class Patch. It was something that I sketched out one afternoon, and after a few prototypes with my friend Mike Drorbaugh at Bent Needle, he came back with the patch you see here. It still bears the “old GORUCK CHALLENGE” style of design, with no class numbers. I wanted something to be “timeless” as the Arizona Memorial.
So to all of my friends that have traveled to Hawaii for this very special GORUCK CHALLENGE, mahalo nui loa for carrying the honor of everyone that passed away on December 7th, 1941.
TEAM FIRST – HONOR ALWAYS