Raymond Haerry was 19 years old when bombs attacked his ship, the USS Arizona, on December 7, 1941. While he never returned to Pearl Harbor while he was alive — he said the memories were too painful — he told his family he wanted to be buried there.
Haerry’s family traveled from New Jersey to Hawaii for the ceremony. His granddaughter, Jessica Marino, represented the family at the service. She handed Haerry’s urn to divers to place in the ship’s sunken hull.
“That was the point at which I kind of lost it,” Marino told the Associated Press. “It was really sad, but also really sweet to see. It was amazing.”
Hawaii ABC outlet KITV filmed the ceremony and shared it to Facebook:
“I know this part of his life that really did shape him,” Marino told AP. “To be a part of getting him back to his ship and with his shipmates, it’s an honor for me.”
See Pearl Harbor survivors on its base for the 75th anniversary
Pearl Harbor survivors visit the base on the 75th Anniversary