Attorney Scott Belt

Attorney Scott Belt dedicated a book and picture to the city of Morris as part of a thank-you for allowing him to share his experience placing an American flag on a sunken ship 7 mile west of Key West, Florida in 2014.

Last week at the Morris City Council meeting, Attorney Scott Belt dedicated a book and picture to the city of Morris as part of a thank-you for allowing him to share his experience in placing an American flag on a sunken ship 7 mile west of Key West, Florida in 2014.

It was Belt’s idea to have an old American flag from Morris, frayed by weather, be re-commissioned and placed on the USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg.

Belt and more than ten other divers put the flag on the vessel, which is nearly two football fields long and ten stories high.

Belt said after six months on the ship, the flag was removed and disposed of properly.

According to Belt, it was the largest American flag to be placed on an underwater vessel. The Vandenberg was built in 1943 and after a historic life, the ship was purposely sunk in 2009 to become the 2nd largest artificial reef in the world.