“Mr. Bruner was one of only 355 men, out of a crew of 1,512, to survive the bombing of the Arizona.”
Source: Daily Mail
Lauren Bruner, one of the final survivors of the Japanese attack on the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor in 1941, has died at the age of 98. He was one of four remaining crewmen from the Arizona, which was one of four battleships sunk in the December 7, 1941 attack by the Japanese, which forced the U.S. into World War II.
The Pearl Harbor National Memorial Facebook page posted: ‘We are deeply saddened to share the news that Survivor Lauren Bruner has passed away. Lauren has come back to Hawaii many times over the years and was well known to many of us here at the visitor center. He will be greatly missed.’
Bruner was a 21-year-old fire controlman third class in charge of the ship’s .50 caliber guns. He was the second to last person to jump from the burning ship before it exploded and sank. The Arizona now rests at the bottom of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Of the ship’s 1,512 crew, 1,177 were killed – more than half of the 2,335 killed in the overall attack on the naval base.