1 of last USS Arizona survivors of Pearl Harbor attack dies
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Raymond Haerry was 94.
His son says Haerry died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island.
He was one of six remaining Arizona survivors.
Raymond Haerry Jr. told The Associated Press on Friday that his father ran to an anti-aircraft gun on Dec. 7, 1941, but the ammunition was in storage.
He tried to get ammunition, but a large bomb detonated first.
Haerry Jr. says his father swam through flaming waters to shore and shot at Japanese planes from there.
The ship lost 1,177 men, nearly four-fifths of its crew.
Haerry Jr. says when he can afford it, he’ll take his father’s ashes to be interred on the Arizona.