MILITARY

Alaska man donates moose head and antlers to new Navy warship

Lex Patten, left, carries a bull moose shoulder mount with a rack measuring 64.5 inches with the help of Cory Purcell, that he donated to the USS Anchorage on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Lex Patten, left, carries a bull moose shoulder mount with a rack measuring 64.5 inches with the help of Cory Purcell, that he donated to the USS Anchorage on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska.  (AP/Anchorage Daily News)

An Anchorage man has donated a trophy moose head and antlers to the Navy's newest warship.

Lex Patten says his gift to the USS Anchorage pays tribute to his late father, Allen Patten, a World War II Navy veteran.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the moose shoulder mount was donated to the ship before its departure from Anchorage on Monday.

The warship is an amphibious transport dock that was in the city's port for its commissioning ceremony Saturday.

Patten's father was assigned to the battleship Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Lex Patten says he shot the moose in 1990 during the last moose hunt he had with his father, who died in 2004.