Boy scout brothers to paint historic gun barrels - Tucson News Now

Boy scout brothers to paint historic gun barrels

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two Phoenix boy scout brothers have joined forces to restore historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri for an Eagle Award.

Ben and Hal Owens became interested in the project after learning that their grandfather earned his award in the 1940s.

As part of their Eagle Scout projects, each boy is organizing materials, directing and overseeing the work of their team. Ben  will manage the work for the USS Arizona and Hal will organize the USS Missouri gun project.

"We're honored that Ben and Hal Owens have led the effort to get these barrels ready for installation," Secretary of State Ken Bennett said. "Eagle Scouts serve as positive examples of trustworthiness, courage and loyalty within their community and it appears that Ben and Hal are already exemplifying those ideals."

Friends, family and Troop 340 scouts have been invited to help paint the guns on April 6 and 7.

The Eagle Scout Award is the program's highest rank.

The barrels will be displayed as part of a complete World War II exhibit in Phoenix.

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