Sea Service Veterans Honored at the Lone Sailor Awards Dinner

The United States Navy Memorial hosted its 2018 Lone Sailor Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 20th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective careers and lives during or after their military service. Approximately 500 people showed up to honor the Navy Memorial’s newest award recipients, Harvey Barnum, Jr. and William Hannigan. The number of members, corporate partners, and supporters in attendance was higher than it had been in at least 3 years.  

The dinner program began with the Presentation of Colors by the United States Sea Services Color Guard and the United States Navy Ceremonial Band. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mike Petters, President and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Rear Admiral Frank Thorp IV, President and CEO of the Navy Memorial, provided welcoming remarks and highlighted the organization’s growth in the past year. This progress includes an eight percent increase in visitation, the opening of two new exhibits, and several new technological upgrades inside the Navy Memorial Visitor Center.

The tribute to Hannigan was given by Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Admiral Bill Moran, who presented him with the Lone Sailor Award. Hannigan, a U.S. Navy veteran, attributed much of his success to his family, his shipmates on the USS Jack SSN-605, and the crew’s Skipper.

Dr. Jack London provided the tribute for Barnum and presented him with the Lone Sailor award. Dr. London is the Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI International, Inc. and a member of the Navy Memorial’s Board of Directors. Barnum spoke about his time in the U.S. Marine Corps and the events that led up to him receiving the Medal of Honor in 1967.

The Lone Sailor Awards Dinner is hosted by the Navy Memorial every year to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate its constituents and award recipients. Next year’s event is scheduled for September 19th, 2019. To learn more about the Lone Sailor Awards Dinner, contact Lisa Barker at

About the United States Navy Memorial
The Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, consists of a large plaza with a granite map of the world, the iconic Lone Sailor statue, 3,500 square-foot museum area, a 240-person theater, the Ship’s Store which sells Navy memorabilia and the Navy Log, the nation’s largest publicly available data base of Sea Service veterans. Our mission is to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate the men and women of the Sea Services, past, present and future; and to Inform the public about their service. We do that mission with the support of tens of thousands of members and Corporate Partners, including Huntington Ingalls Industries, USAA, Veritas, CACI, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Money Reserve, California Water Service Group, General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc., Perspecta, Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition, BAE Systems, Capital Bank, Ernst & Young, General Dynamics, L3 Technologies, Navy Mutual, NewDay USA, and Pratt & Whitney. To learn more, visit

Megan Thomas