Mercury News (via Archive): Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — just three survivors of the USS Arizona remain.On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment. More than 2000 American citizens were killed and more than 1000 were injured. The Americans also lost a large proportion of their battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region.
The three remaining USS Arizona survivors are Don Stratton, Lou Conter and Ken Potts.
Don Stratton was 19 at the time of the attack.
Lou Conter was 20 during the attack.
Ken Potts was 20 during the surprise attack.
It has been said that when an old person dies, it is like a library burning down. For the past 75 years, I have tried to share what I remember of World War II, but a day will come when I can no longer speak. Then what will become of everything I experienced on December 7, 1941? That’s why I wrote this account.