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Old 04-01-2024, 09:42 PM
 
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Lou Conter died today at his home in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 102 and the last surviving crew member of the USS Arizona which was sunk at Pearl Harbor, HI when the Japanese Navy attacked on 07 Dec 1941.

This gift link will get you past the paywall and into the NY Times to read the article.

Of the 16,000,000 who served in WW-2, only 1% are still with us, i.e., 160,000 and they're all in the late 90s or older. For all intents and purposes the WW-2 generation is gone, and we are the poorer for it.

Documentary on Lou Conter is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_L0kWTqPiA&t=13s
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Old 04-02-2024, 02:32 AM
 
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Sadly too many people in USA don’t learn about this attack nor WW2 in general. Some can’t made the decade it happened, who we were at war with, and why we went to war. Some only know that USA dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. What they aren’t taught is why USA felt the need to drop the first bomb and that Japan refused to surrender after that first bomb and so a second was dropped. The military leaders of Japan still refused to surrender after the second bomb but the emperor ordered the surrender.
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Old 04-02-2024, 01:55 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I can remember back in the 90’s when the Arizona Memorial had one or more Pearl Harbor survivors volunteering on site and relating their stories to the tourists. Greatest Generation.
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