This is Lt. Joe Langdell.
When he died this week at age 100, the nation is closing a chapter in its history.
He was the
last oldest living crewman of the USS Arizona when it sank in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
“He talked to anybody about it,” John Langdell of Spearfish, S.D., one of his two sons, says. “He relished being the center of attention. That was part of his makeup.”
His remains will be interred at an appropriate spot. The USS Arizona.
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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 several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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