Pearl Harbor survivor’s remains entombed inside USS Arizona
By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 18, 2017
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — One of the last USS Arizona survivors has been interred inside the battleship sunk during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
The cremated remains of Raymond Haerry, who died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island at age 94, were placed inside the ship on Saturday by Navy and Park Service divers.
Haerry’s granddaughter, Jessica Marino, attended the ceremony along with her son, daughter and other family members.
Only five Arizona survivors remain alive. Nearly 1,200 men from the ship died in the early morning attack.
On the day of the attack, Haerry rushed to one of the ship’s anti-aircraft guns but quickly discovered the ammo had been locked away.
Before he reached the ammo depot, it detonated, blowing the Arizona in half. He was thrown into the water and made his way to shore.
Survivors have the choice of placing their remains in the sunken ship, which is part of the USS Arizona Memorial.
Haerry had never returned to Hawaii in the 75 years since the surprise attack, his son, Raymond Haerry, Jr., told The Associated Press.
“As he was getting closer to the end, I think he felt that if there’s any place that he’d like to be at rest, it would be with his crewmates, the people who suffered and died on that day,” his son told AP.
Raymond Haerry's name is among the small group of USS Arizona survivors who chose to be interred in the sunken hulk of the ship laying beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor. One of only a handful of survivors left, Haerry died in September and was interred on April 15, 2017.
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