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"Ray Chavez, believed to be the oldest-surviving veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died Wednesday at the age of 106."

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/11/22/oldest-us-military-survivor-of-pearl-harbor-dies-at-age-106/
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    Re: Pearl Harbor Attack of December 7th 1941, passes from living memory...
    « Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 02:38:31 pm »
    Five years ago I still had three grandparents of the "greatest generation" still alive, as well as several great uncles and aunts.

    They are all now gone. 

    My paternal grandfather served in the Army Air Corp as a training crew chief for B17 bombers.  Stationed in Nebraska he prepped planes and crews to be shipped out to Europe.  My maternal grandfather went with his brother to New York to enlist shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked.  His older brother, my great uncle, ended up in submarines, while Grandpa was sent back to Illinois and told to raise crops to support the war effort. 

    Another great uncle, married to Grandpa's sister, served in the Pacific with the Navy.  All I knew until after his death is that he learned diving and welding in the Navy, was seriously injured, and that after the war he worked for the oil fields as a welder.  After his death I learned he also did demolitions work, another skill he learned in the Navy.  I don't have access to his service record, but I am pretty sure from what I have pieced together he was a UDT diver.
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    Re: Pearl Harbor Attack of December 7th 1941, passes from living memory...
    « Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 02:55:53 pm »
    I think the hardest thing for me to watch is the indifference of the vast numbers of people who have no clue the debt of gratitude they owe to those who gave them the world in which they now live.   Peace and prosperity are not the birthright of humanity.   They have been purchased at a high price and and are very perishable commodities. 

    RIP Mr. Chavez. 
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    Re: Pearl Harbor Attack of December 7th 1941, passes from living memory...
    « Reply #3 on: November 23, 2018, 07:50:02 pm »
    Most ironic:

    Mr. Chavez was serving aboard the first Navy vessel to make contact with the enemy that day.  The Minesweeper Condor was the vessel that spotted the periscope of a Japanese midget submarine at 03:50 near the entrance to Pearl Harbor.

    The Condor then alerted the Destroyer Ward which then closed with, fired on and sank the midget submarine some three hours prior to the main attack. Yes, the USS Ward fired the first shot of the war. 

    https://specialoperations.com/32096/uss-ward-fired-first-us-shots-wwii-pearl-harbor/
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