A sadly diminishing number of Americans will still recognise December 7th as “Pearl Harbor Day”. And as the number of survivors of the global conflict that the US joined after the events of 7 December 1941 also diminishes, so too do the number of survivors of the ships sunk or damaged that day.
Most famous, of course, is USS Arizona (BB-39), the 29,000 ton (displacement), Pennsylvania Class Battleship commissioned in 1916 which lies today where she sank, a tomb for many of the 1,177 of her crew lost.
This year, four sailors who survived, John Anderson, Louis Conter, Donald Stratton, and Lauren Bruner, returned.
2014 was the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack and the final official reunion of the USS Arizona Reunion Association.
Although now in their ‘90’s, Anderson, Conter, Stratton and Bruner were sure they would have another reunion in the future, “official or not”.