‘I consider the heroes the ones that gave their lives’: 101-year-old veteran is the final known survivor of Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona

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Navy veteran Lou Conter, who is now 101 years old, is the final known survivor of the USS Arizona, a ship that Japan bombed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, according to the Wall Street Journal. He was only 20 at the time.

“I consider the heroes the ones that gave their lives, that never came home to their families,” Conter said, according to the outlet. “They’re the real heroes.”

Since Ken Potts passed away last month at the age of 102, Conter is the final known USS Arizona survivor, the outlet noted.

Conter assisted in getting others out of the vessel. “As we guided these men to safety, more often than not, their burned skin would come off on our hands,” he noted in his book, “The Lou Conter Story,” according to the Journal.

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Conter became a pilot and was a member of a team that carried out bomb runs in the South Asia Pacific, the outlet noted. He survived being shot down two times.

After the conclusion of the World War II, Conter went back to the Golden State and signed up for the reserves, according to the Journal. The man also served in the Korean War.

Conter would like to return to Pearl Harbor. It has been around four years since he attended the yearly remembrance, the outlet reported, noting that his physician had forbidden him from undertaking the long flight to Hawaii.

“I’d like to go once more,” Conter noted, according to the outlet.

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