On April 15, 2017, Raymond Haerry, one of the last remaining USS Arizona survivors, was returned to his ship during a sunset memorial and interment ceremony. His granddaughter, Ms. Jessica Marino, and her immediate family were present. The ceremony was hosted by the National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii.
Haerry served in WWII and the Korean War. After the war, he taught at the officer candidate school in Newport, R.I., until his retirement in 1964 as a master chief petty officer.
Master Chief Haerry passed away on Sept. 27, 2016 in Rhode Island. He was 94.
Five USS Arizona survivors remain.
Photos by Elaine Simon, Pacific Historic Parks.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented wreaths at the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the service members killed during the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. They later spoke at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the USS Arizona Memorial.
On December 7, 2016, the National Park Service and the United States Navy co-hosted the 75th Commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was held at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
A new USS Arizona Memorial dock was installed in June 2016, replacing the previous one built in 1990. Before opening, the new dock was blessed by Loko’olu Quintero and Kiliona Palauni of the Hawaiian Church of Hawaii Nei.
On December 7, 2015, the National Park Service and the United States Navy co-hosted the 74th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was held at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.