PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his shipmates.
Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful.
Haerry never returned to Pearl Harbor while he lived because the memories from Dec. 7, 1941, 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. He was one of six remaining Arizona survivors.
His granddaughter, Jessica Marino, traveled from New Jersey to Hawaii with her family for Saturday’s ceremony. She handed his urn to divers, who placed it within the ship’s sunken hull.