Pearl Harbor Survivor, USS Arizona Crew Member Dies At 97

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One of three remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has died.

The National Park Service confirmed on Sunday the death of 97-year-old Donald Stratton, while announcing in a Facebook post that the flag over the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii would be flown at half-staff “in honor of his life and service.”

Stratton grew up in Nebraska and joined the U.S. Navy in 1940. The USS Arizona was his first ship, the National Park Service said.

The battleship was hit by Japanese torpedo bombers during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, followed by the United States’ entry into World War II the next day. A total of 2,390 American service members and civilians were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, including 1,177 crew members on board the USS Arizona, according to the National Park Service’s website.

Read more at ABC News.




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