"The Lone Sailor statue represents all people who ever
served are serving now or who are yet to serve in the Navy. The Lone Sailor is a
composite of the U.S. Navy bluejacket, past, present and future. He's called the
Lone Sailor." This is a quote from the pages of the U.S. Navy Memorial
Foundation Web Pages and it not only describes the Lone Sailor statue but
also the mission of the U.S. Navy Memorial.
The bronze statue which is the most recognizable feature of the Memorial
is the creation of Stanley Bleifeld. When the statue was cast, the bronze for
the Lone Sailor was mixed with artifacts from eight U.S. Navy ships. The ships
represent our Navy's history. There are artifacts from the Revolutionary
War era the USS Constitution, and the Constellation; the steamer Hartford, the
flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut; the Maine; the iron-hulled steamer/sailing
ship Ranger; the World War II ships Biloxi, and Hancock; and the nuclear-powered
submarine Seawolf. The last addition was the National Defense Service Medal.
All of these artifacts are now a part of the Lone Sailor.