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Posted: 4/24/2016 10:15:35 AM EDT
Clarendon “Clare” Hetrick, one of the last seven USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack that launched the United States into World War II, died in a Las Vegas hospital Monday, his family said. He was 92.

“It’s a great loss to us,” his granddaughter, Stephanie Hetrick, of Las Vegas, said Thursday.

Clare Hetrick had planned to attend ceremonies for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack at the sunken USS Arizona Memorial at Oahu, Hawaii.

“Come hell or high water, he was going to go,” Stephanie Hetrick said. “Every year he was ready to go to the Arizona in Hawaii to honor his brothers who were lost.”

She said his ashes will be interred Dec. 7 in the USS Arizona along with those of his wife, Jeannie Hetrick, who died in 2014, and a shipmate, John Anderson. She said he died Monday night at University Medical Center where he was recovering from lip cancer surgery.

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RIP and enjoy a fair wind on the voyage to the afterlife.
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RIP Buddy we will take over.
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RIP Buddy we will take over.
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"We have the watch"
Link Posted: 4/24/2016 10:33:26 AM EDT
We just had one of the last surviving sailors from the USS Nevada at the Capitol last month.

He was a boiler man (?) on duty during the attack.

Wish I could sit with him for hours and hear his stories.

I believe he is 93 (?) Still alert and spry.

Fair winds and following seas sir.
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Grandpa was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a Seabee and was in the hospital at Pearl for a construction related injury...another sailor cut him with a power saw the day before if I recall.
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It won't be to many more years until all of the WWII veterans are gone.
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Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate!

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Looks like he was a Third Class Aviation Machinists Mate when this image was taken.
News accounts have him as a Seaman First Class.

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