Clarence Lux was a Pearl Harbor survivor who was serving aboard the USS Tennessee during the attack.
- Died: Monday, August 24, 2020 (Who else died on August 24?)
- Details of Death: Died at the age of 99, according to the Hi-Desert Star.
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Pearl Harbor Survivor
Clarence Lux was aboard the USS Tennessee on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese Navy dropped bombs on American ships at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The Tennessee was hit by two bombs and five aboard died. The ship was stationed next to the USS Arizona where 1,177 died. Lux’s daughter Sia told the Hi-Desert Star that her father knew some of the men on the Arizona and that they sometimes would play basketball together. Lux continued to serve aboard the Tennessee during World War II and was discharged from the Navy in 1946. He worked for the VA hospital, and had two daughters with his wife Lucia, who died in 2004.
On Pearl Harbor
“After we’d been down there just a short time I heard explosions and felt them. Smoke began to come through the ventilators, so they were shut off. It gets pretty hot and miserable when the ventilators aren’t running. I was too dumb to be afraid and didn’t really know what was happening.” —Lux told the Hi-Desert Star in 2007
What they said about him
“One of the best times we had as a family was when my sister and her husband and myself and my husband went to the Pearl Harbor 50th anniversary. He was very happy to be all around all of his comrades. We would just be standing in line at McDonald’s to get some breakfast and they would start talking to each other. … They were all brothers and it was a special experience for me to watch. Yes, he was on board the Tennessee when Pearl Harbor happened but to him it wasn’t any grand gesture, it was just what you did next and what he was trained to do and what he promised to do.” —His daughter Sia told the Hi-Desert Star
Full Obituary: Hi-Desert Star