Sailor who jumped off USS Arizona during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is interred at ship's hull

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One of the last American crew members to escape the USS Arizona during Pearl Harbor had his ashes interred inside the ship's wreckage on Saturday.

Divers took an urn containing Lauren Bruner's ashes down to the wreckage on the 78th anniversary of the bombing in Hawaii. Bruner, who died in September aged 98, had asked that an urn with his ashes be placed inside the Arizona's sunken hull upon his death.

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He was the second to last person to jump from the burning ship before it exploded and sank. The Arizona now rests at the bottom of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Of the ship's 1,512 crew, 1,177 were killed - more than half of the 2,335 killed in the overall attack on the naval base.

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The anniversary ceremony also remembered the victims of Wednesday's attack at the base when a US Navy sailor shot and killed two civilian Department of Defense employees at the shipyard before taking his own life.

Petty Officer Gabriel Romero, 22, killed 32-year-old Vincent Kapoi Jr. and one other civilian employee before turning the gun on himself in the attack. A third victim is still recovering in hospital.

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A few years before his death, he began making preparations with the Navy and the National Park Service to have his remains interred, according to the Arizona Republic.

His ashes will join the remains of 44 shipmates who managed to live through the attack but wanted to be laid to rest in the ship.

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Bruner explained before he died that he preferred being interred in the Arizona so he could join his buddies and because of the memorial's high number of visitors.

He is expected to be the last Arizona crew member to be interred on the ship. The three Arizona survivors still living plan to be laid to rest with their...
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