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73rd Anniversary Reunion

As the generation of Pearl Harbor Survivors, WWII veterans, and home front civilians pass away, the stakeholders of WWII history pass on to the next generation the hope and promise to remember the events that changed their lives and the course of history.

A multitude of special events are planned. We invite you to join us in to commemorating this historic milestone and honoring the enduring legacy of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

This year, the USS Arizona Reunion Association will hold their FINAL REUNION at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel December 1st thru the 8th. Six of the nine known living survivors are scheduled to attend.


73rd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 7:30 AM HST | 9:30 AM PST | 12:30 PM EST
Duration: 90 Minutes

The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 2014. More than 2,500 distingushed guests and general public are expected to join current and former military personnel, including Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans, for the annual observance of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony will be broadcasted live via this webcast so that those who cannot travel to Hawaii can still participate and honor the sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation." Those that join us through the broadcast will get a special behind the scenes look of the ceremony which will feature live interviews from Pearl Harbor Survivors!


Kelsea Holbrook
Kelsea Holbrook was an employee of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument from 2011 to 2013 while her husband was stationed at Fort Shafter. It was her inspiration and idea to bring Pearl Harbor to those who could not attend the ceremony through a live broadcast. She continues to work for the National Park Service at Fort Donelson in Tennessee.


Paul DePrey
Superintendent, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, National Park Service

Rear Admiral Richard L. "Rick" Williams
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr.
Commander, United States Pacific Fleet


USS Arizona Survivor Celebrates 100th Birthday

On October 12th, 2014 USS Arizona Survivor Joseph Kopcho Langdell will celebrate is 100th birthday.

On December 7, 1941 Mr. Langdell, a U.S. Navy reserve officer who had been asleep in bachelor officers quarters on Ford Island, awoke to the noise of Japanese aircraft bombing Pearl Harbor and quickly rushed outside to help injured sailors come ashore from the nearby USS Arizona.

Langdell watched helplessly as the ship sank in nine minutes.

If aboard the battleship, the 27-year-old's battle station would have been in the ammunition room of the No. 2 turret, and he would likely have been killed.

On December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona lost 1,177 men assigned to the ship during the attack at Pearl Harbor.

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Website Maintenance

Due to ever changing technology every few years our website needs to undergo upgrades to bring you information in a way that is compatible with new devices.

During this upgrade, many links will take you to the older version of our website so that we can continue to provide information rather than take the website offline.

We appologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Please be aware there are many non-working elements in the old website.



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For the last 15 years, USSArizona.org has been presented by the Nease Family; Budd, Carol & Nancy. With the passing of Budd in 2011 and the disbanding of the USS Arizona Reunion Association this coming December, this website now faces implementing paid subscriptions, or simply shutting down, due to ever increasing costs of operation.

Until his death in 2011, Budd Nease (USNR Ret.) served 10 years as Historian for the USS Arizona Reunion Association. His wife Carol assisted him with answering thousands of emails from service personnel, students of all ages, and people from all walks of life around the world. His daughter Nancy worked as his Assistant Historian and took over duties as Historian in 2011 as well as maintaining this website. Budd's grandson, Charles, has stepped into the role of Assistant Historian and answers emails as well.

One of Budd's greatest pleasures was assisting students with their research projects and linking them with USS Arizona survivors for interviews. In an effort to continue to keep this website free to students and the general public, and continue operations, we are asking for your help.

Please consider using the donation button below today to make your donation. Even the smallest gift will be greatly appreciated. We thank you for your help.

Nancy Nease
Nancy A. Nease

Historian, USS Arizona Reunion Association

USS Arizona Known Living Survivors

John Anderson  John Delmar Anderson BM2 USN
Lauren Bruner  Lauren Fay Bruner F3c USN
Louis Conter  Louis A Conter QM3c USN
Lonnie Cook  Lonnie David Cook S1c USN
Raymond Haerry  Raymond John Haerry COX USN
Clarendon Hetrick  Clarendon Robert Hetrick S1c USN
Joseph Langdell  Joseph Kopcho Langdell ENS USN
Ken Potts  Howard Kenton Potts COX USN
Donald Stratton  Donald Gay Stratton S1c USN