/ 03 April 2024

Remembering a legendary US veteran


Lou Conter, the last survivor of the bombing on the USS Arizona in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbour, has died in California aged 102yo. Conter was on the deck when the warship was bombed by Japanese aircraft on 7 December 1941, and he witnessed a bomb hitting the ship, setting off the million pounds of stored gunpowder. That set the ship alight and ultimately saw it sunk. “Guys were coming out of the fire, and we were just grabbing them and laying them down,” he said. Conter was one of 93 crew aboard who survived that day – 1,177 sailors on the Arizona died, which was almost half of the 2,403 Americans killed. Each year, more than 2 million people visit the site of the USS Arizona – it sits just under the water, and it’s the resting place of 1,102 of the American sailors who died there.

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