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A Heartbreaking Honor Is Bestowed Upon Those Who Survived Pearl Harbor

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The USS Arizona was one of several battleships stationed at the naval base at Pearl Harbor during the attack, and like many of its brethren, it sank below the waves due to the damage it took in the Japanese onslaught.

The USS Arizona being sunk.Wikimedia

Its wreckage still rests under the harbor to this day, and it's more than just a historical relic: it's become the burial site for several of the attack's survivors.

That's right, over 40 sailors and crewmen who survived the assault have had their remains returned to the ship that they served valiantly on, sent to join their hundreds of brethren who weren't able to make it out of the ship alive.

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Most recently, John Anderson and Clarendon Hetrick, both Seaman First Class aboard the Arizona, passed away in their 90s and had their remains interred in the wreckage of the ship.

"Petty officers Hetrick and Anderson, shore leave is cancelled. Report back to your appointed place of duty and assume the watch on the USS Arizona," said Rear Adm. John Fuller, U.S. Navy Region Commander, as he concluded his remarks during the ceremony.

What do you think about this tradition for the survivors of Pearl Harbor?

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