Haerry is the 42nd survivor of the Arizona to return to the ship.
“That brotherhood doesn’t go away and as he got closer to the end of life, it resonated with him,” his granddaughter told the Associated Press. “He didn’t want to see the site or relive that disaster, but he wanted to relive that camaraderie.”
There are now only five survivors still living. The youngest is 94.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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