Last Survivor On Board USS Arizona During Pearl Harbor Attack Dies At Age 102

Marine Cpl. Zachariah Jeavons, 22, of Binghamton, N.Y., meets Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Conter, 98, who was aboard the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked in 1941, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the 78th anniversary of the attack. More than 2,000 people are expected at a ceremony Saturday to remember those killed when Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor 78 years ago and launched the U.S. into World War II. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

The last living survivor of the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, has died aged 102.

Lou Conter passed away on Monday at his home in Grass Valley, California, after complications with congestive heart failure, his daughter Louann Daley said.

He was just 18 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a quartermaster who stood on the main deck of the Arizona when Japanese planes flew over and attacked on December 7, 1941.

‘I said, “Ok, I’ll sign up”, so I signed up for four years, I was going to leave at 5:45 that night,’ Conter told KCRA.

The assault, which launched the United States into World War II, destroyed most of the fleet stationed at the Hawaii naval base and resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Americans.

Around 20 people who were at the surprise attack remain alive today.

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