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Raymond Haerry (1921 - 2016)

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Raymond Haerry (1921 - 2016)

Raymond Haerry, 94, one of the last alive of those who were on the USS Arizona during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Rhode Island.

An explosion threw Haerry, who was 19 at the time of the attack, into the water. After swimming to shore, he helped defend against the attack and then to recover bodies after the attack had ended.

Haerry remained in the Navy, retiring as a master chief after serving for 25 years. He was one of six living Arizona crew members before his death. 

Haerry's son, Raymond Jr., suggested to The Associated Press that his father will be put to rest in Pearl Harbor: "As he was getting closer to the end, I think he felt that if there's any place that he'd like to be at rest, it would be with his crewmates, the people who suffered and died on that day."

Raymond Haerry is survived by his son, Raymond Haerry Jr., and his wife of 70 years, Evelyn Haerry.

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