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Avenge_December_7 posted a topic in Historical Discussions and StudiesOn Saturday, February 15, 2020, Donald Stratton, who until that day was one of only three remaining survivors of USS Arizona's (BB-39) sinking at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, died at his home surrounded by wife and son. He was 97 years old. Donald Stratton was a 19 year-old seaman at the time of the attack, and suffered burns and other injuries during the attack such that he was deemed unfit for combat in 1942 (and indeed, he would likely not have even survived had Joe George, a crewman aboard the nearby repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4), defied orders and thrown a rope over to the battleship, saving 6 men from USS Arizona). Despite his injuries, Stratton went on to convince the draft board to let me reenlist, and served all the way through to the end of World War 2, including combat during the Battle of Okinawa. After the war, he spent his life traveling the world and working in the commercial diving business. Mr. Stratton will not be buried with the other crewmen entombed in the wreck of USS Arizona, instead opting to be buried with his family in Nebraska. With his death, only Lou Conter and Ken Potts, both 98 years old, remain as the sole survivors of USS Arizona. May he rest in peace, and may his sacrifice and those of his shipmates never be forgotten. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/02/17/uss-arizona-burned-around-him-pearl-harbor-fellow-sailor-defied-orders-save-his-life/ https://www.facebook.com/ussarizonasurvivor/posts/902428823547798 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/17/uss-arizona-survivors-donald-stratton-dies-colorado-springs-97/4783791002/