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Lauren Bruner USS Arizona Survivor - RIP
GSPatton
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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 02:38 AM UTC
Lauren Bruner, one of the last four survivors of the attack on the USS Arizona by Japanese planes on Dec. 7, 1941, died Tuesday in California. He was 98.

“We are deeply saddened to share the news that Pearl Harbor Survivor Lauren Bruner has passed away,” the Pearl Harbor National Memorial said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Lauren has come back to Hawaii many times over the years and was well known to many of us here at the visitor center. He will be greatly missed.”

Bruner, who was a 21-year-old fire controlman third class in charge of the ship’s .50-caliber guns, was the second to last person to leave the burning ship after the onslaught by the Japanese.

In a 2014 interview with Arizona Public Radio, he recalled that on the morning of Dec. 7 he raced up from below the ship’s deck when the attack began. He said he saw a Japanese plane fly by so closely that he could see the pilot’s face with a “big old grin on his face, mouth wide open.”

“I could see all those teeth,” Bruner recalled. “You wanted to reach and bust him one.”

With his death, only three more survivors of the USS Arizona are still alive: Don Stratton, 97, Lou Conter, 98, and Ken Potts, 98.



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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 09:24 AM UTC
Lauren, Thanks for your Service, it will not be forgotten!You where one of the Greatest Generation, that inspired those who came after you. R.I.P.