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Default USS Arizona survivor laid to rest inside sunken battleship

A USS Arizona sailor who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor was laid to rest inside the ship he escaped.

The remains of Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Raymond Haerry, 94, were interred inside the hull of the USS Arizona Saturday afternoon. More than 100 people gathered at the USS Arizona Memorial for the interment ceremony -- a symbolic military funeral only offered to shipmates who survived the attack.

"Raymond Haerry, even in the last days of his life, decided he was going home, going home to the USS Arizona," said Daniel Martinez, chief historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

A team of U.S. Navy and National Park Services divers took Haerry to his final resting place. They placed his urn in turret #3, an area of the ship they believe is near the remains of the shipmates who died during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
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