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OnDaFence 29M/37M  
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4/19/2017 5:18 pm

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A Grateful Nation



One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his fallen shipmates. Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful. Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on his battleship on Dec. 7, 1941. When the mighty ship exploded he was tossed into the water. Haerry swam through flaming waters, sweeping his arms in front of him to push the flames away. He shot at Japanese planes from shore. Later, he helped retrieve corpses from the harbor. Haerry served for 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a master chief.



He never returned to Pearl Harbor while he lived because the memories were too painful. As he neared the end of his life, he told his family he’d like to be laid to rest there. Haerry died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island at age 94. Five Arizona survivors remain. Haerry’s granddaughter, Jessica Marino, traveled from New Jersey



She handed his urn to divers, who placed it within the ship’s sunken hull with the hundreds of sailors and Marines are entombed there. He’s the 42nd survivor to rejoin his shipmates, according to the National Park Service.



Only USS Arizona survivors can be interred on the ship.


Rear Adm. John Fuller talked about Haerry’s courage— not the absence of fear, but a deep abiding belief in something greater than oneself.

“I can’t help but think about him being reunited into these simple, hallowed spaces. The calm that comes from being again with your crew, and the lessons we can learn from all he taught us,” said Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.



hotstuffmoe 63M
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4/19/2017 5:24 pm

Thank you Brett for reminding us of those who served in the pacific theater, WWII. I was at the Arizona Memorial in l960.


OnDaFence 29M/37M  
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4/19/2017 5:25 pm

From a grateful nation.......


OnDaFence 29M/37M  
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4/19/2017 5:27 pm

    Quoting hotstuffmoe:
    Thank you Brett for reminding us of those who served in the pacific theater, WWII. I was at the Arizona Memorial in l960.
I strive to post and remember as many as I can. Their sacrifice and memory is important to me.


OnDaFence 29M/37M  
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4/19/2017 6:26 pm

    Quoting newfinder:
    Beautiful story. Thanks

    XOXO

    Jack
Thank you. These are the toughest blogs to post. They make my words seem so inadequate.


Hungr4Yungr 68M
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4/19/2017 7:02 pm

Thank you Bret for helping us all to remember.


pegasus0709 60M  
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4/19/2017 7:15 pm

My father's brother and his new wife were housed on the beach there when the bombing occurred. My uncle made it to a bunker to assist in cover fire while my aunt huddled with other navy wives in their beach hut. Both survived without incident. My father served as a member of the Sea Bee's in the Pacific theater - and helped to construct the airfields and landing strips on occupied islands before our battallions came to shore. Dad did not talk much about it except the fun times. Although he was awarded several medals for his sharp shooting skills which were unusual for a construction worker. I am glad that Raymond Haerry was able to join his crewmates after a long fulfilled life.


OnDaFence 29M/37M  
15772 posts
4/19/2017 7:26 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    Thank you Bret for helping us all to remember.
We must never forget that day of infamy and the heroic efforts of our servicemen.


OnDaFence 29M/37M  
15772 posts
4/19/2017 7:35 pm

    Quoting pegasus0709:
    My father's brother and his new wife were housed on the beach there when the bombing occurred. My uncle made it to a bunker to assist in cover fire while my aunt huddled with other navy wives in their beach hut. Both survived without incident. My father served as a member of the Sea Bee's in the Pacific theater - and helped to construct the airfields and landing strips on occupied islands before our battallions came to shore. Dad did not talk much about it except the fun times. Although he was awarded several medals for his sharp shooting skills which were unusual for a construction worker. I am glad that Raymond Haerry was able to join his crewmates after a long fulfilled life.
A special thanks to your dad and uncle for their contributions to the war effort.


sweetone09 37M
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4/19/2017 9:14 pm

so sorry to hear about him


OnDaFence 29M/37M  
15772 posts
4/19/2017 10:24 pm

He is with his comrades now to rest in peace.