President Trump honors Ark. Pearl Harbor veteran

President Trump meets with Pearl Harbor veterans

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- What a day for Jo Ann Taylor of Cabot, daughter of a Pearl Harbor veteran. She visited the Pentagon this morning and then the Oval Office this afternoon where she met with President Trump.

She was on a quest for honor, and late this afternoon, after she'd returned to her hotel room, THV11 called to ask her about this incredible day.

“It’s been very emotional. It’s been rewarding. It’s been just an amazing week to have had the opportunity to tell very important people about my father,” she said.

A quest for honor, from Cabot, Arkansas to the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. Taylor, daughter of Pearl Harbor veteran Joe George, made the long trip this week to hear the President honor the story of her father's heroism.

“Lauren Bruner and Donald Stratton are also with us. they were on the deck of the USS Arizona when the ship was engulfed in massive, massive flames. they were both fortunate enough to be rescued by another courageous hero, Joe George. Whose daughter Jo Ann is with us today,” said President Trump. "Joe was in a boat next to the USS Arizona and when he saw several men still standing, he hurled a rope onto the deck of the ship with tremendous risk to himself. Lauren and Don clung to that rope, and hand over hand they crossed over the 70 feet of flames burning endlessly."

Those two men, alive today because of Joe George, also made the trip to the White House, shaking hands with the Commander-in-chief.

“He was more than generous about talking about what my father did. Thanking me for my father and what he had done,” said Taylor.

Taylor said she's hopeful, after her talks with the joint chiefs of staff, that this quest to honor her father is nearly complete.

“Your story gives us all inspiration to do the right thing for our country, our countrymen, and our God. Thank you very much for being here. Thank you it’s a big honor,” said President Trump.

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