Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack the previous year on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Hawaii, U.S. May 31, 1942. Navy/National Archives/Handout via Reuters
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Lauren Bruner was getting ready for church in 1941 on his battleship, the USS Arizona, when the alarm sounded.Bruner escaped, but suffered severe burns.This week Bruner, now 96, plans to visit a memorial over the Arizona's sunken wreckage and attend a remembrance ceremony at Pearl Harbor on the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.Bruner has traveled from his Southern California home for the events many times, but doesn't know how long the Arizona's few remaining survivors will able to keep up the tradition.Bruner and a few fellow shipmates shouted to a sailor on the ship moored next to the Arizona to toss over some rope.All of them made it, becoming six of the 335 sailors and Marines on the Arizona to survive.Bruner spent seven months recovering but returned to service, he said, because the Navy needed sailors to train new recruits to fight the war.After the Navy, Bruner went to work for a former Marine's refrigeration business and spent 39 years with the company.
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