One of the few lasting survivors of the attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Raymond Haerry, was laid to rest alongside his former crew during an honoring ceremony.
Haerry passed away in September and his family honored his wishes to bring his ashes to his former ship.
Per Daily Mail:
Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony on Saturday that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful.
Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on his battleship on December 7, 1941. 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 September 27 in Rhode Island at age 94. Only five Arizona survivors remain.
Haerry is one of many crew members who have decided to have the USS Arizona as their burial place:
Only USS Arizona survivors can be interred on the ship. Haerry served for 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a master chief.
He’s the 42nd survivor to rejoin his shipmates, according to the National Park Service.