Pearl Harbor survivor dies at age 103 in Florida after serving 24 years in the military

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One of the oldest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack has died aged 103.

Joseph Iscovitz passed away at a nursing home in South Florida on Tuesday, his son Doug confirmed.

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He will be buried in full uniform at Arlington National Cemetery after having served his country for 24 years.

Joseph was a 25-year-old Army Air Corps sergeant stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, Hawaii, when Japan launched an assault that would bring the United States into World War II on December 7, 1941.

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The catastrophe remained the defining moment of Joseph's life for the next nearly eight decades.

'He loved the service. He loved his family. He loved his country,' Doug said of his father. 'He had a great life.'

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Doug said the Japanese planes flew so close to Joseph that he could see the pilot's faces as they dropped bombs around the naval base, killing some 2,400 people.

'Everybody was scared,' Doug told the Sun Sentinel after his father's death.

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'That night, after the Japanese attacked, my dad was part of the group that put barbed wire along Waikiki Beach. They were so unprepared.'

Joseph was one of nine children born to Jewish parents who emigrated to Queens, New York, from Russia.

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Along with most Americans', his life was thrown into uncertainty when the Great Depression hit and he found himself roaming the country looking for work until the Army offered to pay him $25 a month and gave him a uniform.

'He went into the service in 1934 because he was hopping freight trains. He had nowhere to live and nothing to eat,' Doug said.

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Joseph was first stationed at Bataan in the Philippines before being transferred to Hawaii in 1939 - an event that may have saved his life.

'He probably would have been in...
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