"Maximum" Bob Lutz is best known for his long career as a high ranking auto executive and a penchant for speaking his mind about the state of things in the industry. He's also an accomplished pilot and a former aviator in the Marines. He'll lean on that latter experience in his new role helping to restore some of the historic Pearl Harbor sites that are falling into disrepair.

Lutz will be the new national campaign committee chairman for the Pacific Aviation Museum, organization spokesperson Anne Murata told Autoblog, and he will assist it with fundraising. The museum's goal will be restoring the grounds, hangars, and control tower on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor in time for next year's 75th anniversary of the attack. Japan's bombing of the US base on Dec. 7, 1941, plunged America into World War II.

Lutz will visit the landmark in late January to meet with officials there. Some of the sites are open to the public now, but about another $1.5 million is still necessary to rejuvenate the tower, according to museum executive director of development Elissa Lines. The group hopes to raise $10 million to $15 million through 2016 for further upgrades.
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Bob Lutz Takes On Pearl Harbor Challenge

"Remember Pearl Harbor," today, tomorrow, forever --

DETROIT, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor only 13 months away, a "Modern Day Arsenal of Democracy," under the leadership of Robert A. Lutz, has joined together to restore the hallowed grounds, hangars and control tower of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Forever opening these historic structures to the public is paramount to the legacy and commitment of the Greatest Generation, which must never be forgotten. Together, these treasures, which are part of a National Historic Landmark site, not only tell a story of American resilience, but also impart an understanding and commitment to pass on the values and character of our "Greatest Generation."

The passage of time has taken its toll on these buildings. Although corrosion and site deterioration from years of deferred maintenance threaten, standing on this battlefield stirs the heart. Together, these treasures tell a story of American resilience, dedicated to honoring our past so that we might inspire our future.

This Veterans Day, please join us as we outline the plan to resolve as a nation to restore and protect this symbol of freedom, honor and respect for all men and women who served and continue to serve our country.


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