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The Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies At 106 Years Old

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/11/21/breaking-news/ray-chavez-nations-oldest-pearl-harbor-survivor-dies-at-106/ (but there are plenty other outlets)

Today on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the oldest survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack has died in his sleep after battling pneumonia.

Ray Chavez was born March 12, 1912 in San Bernardino, California, to Mexican immigrant parents, who later moved to San Diego and operated a wholesale flower business. He joined the US Navy in 1938.

Ray was 29 years old when he was a crew member of the minesweeper USS Condor which, at 3:45 am that day, discovered a Japanese mini-submarine at the east entrance of Pearl Harbor. The vessel notified a destroyer (the Wickes-class USS Ward DD-139) which later attacked and sunk said submarine.

Exhausted, he went to sleep, only to be woken at around 8:10 am by his wife as the main attack began. He then spent more than a week assisting in the post-attack operations, witnessing things that left him with terrible mental scars and PTSD. He was later assigned to the transport ship USS La Salle (AP-102), which ferried equipment and troops for various operations across the Pacific from Luzon to Okinawa.

Leaving the navy after the war, he became a landscaper and groundskeeper, as plants in general were his passion, and retired at the age of 95.

Although he did not initially attend the Pearl Harbor attack memorial ceremonies or even speak of it for decades, he did finally attend the 50th anniversary, attending sporadically but finally going to every ceremony since 2011. He always insisted that the events were not about him, despite having much publicity directed at him, instead stating that it was about those who gave their lives. According to his daughter, "he’d just shrug his shoulders and shake his head and say, ‘I was just doing my job.'"

He is preceded in death by his wife Margaret, leaving his daughter as the only survivor.

God bless him, his service to the nation, and his sacrifices. May he rest in peace.

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Edit: corrected from last to oldest

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I wonder if this means that the Arizona will stop leaking oil now.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Triela50 said:

I wonder if this means that the Arizona will stop leaking oil now.

 

 

Symbolically, she'll keep leaking until the horrors of war are never forced upon anyone ever again.

Realistically, the oil in her hull isn't going to run out anytime soon, not unless someone gets permission to go down there and siphon it out.

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1 hour ago, 1Sherman said:

Symbolically, she'll keep leaking until the horrors of war are never forced upon anyone ever again.

Realistically, the oil in her hull isn't going to run out anytime soon, not unless someone gets permission to go down there and siphon it out.

Or she finally collapses and the 100k gallons of crude oil still left in her is released into the harbor

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2 hours ago, Psycodiver said:

Or she finally collapses and the 100k gallons of crude oil still left in her is released into the harbor

Tropical waters tend to be lower in oxygen, which means that all the little organisms that usually would eat a shipwreck down to nothing aren't around in as great a numbers. Arizona won't be collapsing into a pile of rust in the near future. 

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1 hour ago, 1Sherman said:

Tropical waters tend to be lower in oxygen, which means that all the little organisms that usually would eat a shipwreck down to nothing aren't around in as great a numbers. Arizona won't be collapsing into a pile of rust in the near future. 

She is still rusting away and she has a very compromised hull thanks to being blown up. Problem is during the last survey they discovered the oil is a 2 edge sword, if they take the oil out,  they are worried she would collapse but the worry of just one of the oil bunkers opening up would be a epic environmental disaster for that harbor

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3 hours ago, Psycodiver said:

She is still rusting away and she has a very compromised hull thanks to being blown up. Problem is during the last survey they discovered the oil is a 2 edge sword, if they take the oil out,  they are worried she would collapse but the worry of just one of the oil bunkers opening up would be a epic environmental disaster for that harbor

For sure, but what I'm saying is that there's time.

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