Piece of USS Arizona makes its way through Lubbock

Piece of USS Arizona makes its way through Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Nearly 77 years ago the USS Arizona sank to the bottom of Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack.

1,177 Sailors perished on the battleship, the most lost on any Navy ship ever.

It still sits in the harbor as a memorial honoring those lives lost, but now a small piece is now in West Texas.

By the time it reaches its final destination at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo, the 800 pound section from the deck will have traveled more than 3,600 miles from Hawaii. 

"It's a large section of the upper deck I believe that was, I'm sure used, there's a little bit of wear and tear from the war or the attack but it's a pretty special piece," said Burt Robinson, the UPS driver delivering the relic. "I didn't hesitate to say yes because it's just a part of history and I can say I took part in being able to let the people in this area to share in this history."

The honor was made even more special as Robinson is an Air Force veteran.

"Being a vet and doing something for people, the Sailors and Marines that sacrificed their lives to defend this country, I think it's the least I can do to take part in a program that's going to allow the people of West Texas to enjoy a piece of history."

Burt's truck was escorted by the Patriot Guard, a motorcycle club that honors military service members. 

The piece will be available to view as a permanent addition to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo.

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