TODAY'S PAPER
56° Good Evening
56° Good Evening
OpinionLetters

Letter: Gov’t should help bury Pearl Harbor vet

In this April 20, 2016 photo, Raymond Haerry

In this April 20, 2016 photo, Raymond Haerry is photographed at at West View Nursing & Rehabilitation in West Warwick, R.I. Haerry of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died. He was 94. His son says Haerry died Sept. 27, 2016 in Rhode Island. (Steve Szydlowski/Providence Journal via AP) Credit: AP / Steve Szydlowski

I was moved by the Oct. 8 obituary “Raymond Haerry, USS Arizona sailor,” about one of the last survivors of the USS Arizona after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

It seems he carried that awful day with him for his remaining years. At the end of his long life at age 94, he said precisely where he wanted to be laid to rest: with his fellow sailors at Pearl Harbor.

His son said he will take his father’s ashes there when he can afford the trip. I found this so very disturbing. Why doesn’t our government step up and pay for this brave veteran to be buried with others at Pearl Harbor?

Linda Bohn Shore, Glendale

Columns