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It’s ‘twilight’ for Pearl Harbor survivors

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM / 2017

Pearl Harbor survivors Raymond Chavez, left, Lou Conter, Herbert Elfring, Tom Berg and Al Rodrigues with his son, Ron Rodrigues, attended last year’s 76th Anniversary Commemoration, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at the Arizona Memorial visitor center. This year’s commemoration will not have any USS Arizona survivors in attendance. Chavez, the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, died Nov. 20 at the age of 106.

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

“My doctor said, ‘Lou, damn it, you’re old. It takes twice as long to get well — so remember that.’”

Lou Conter

The USS Arizona survivor attended the annual Pearl Harbor commemoration for at least the past 15 years, and made his reservation for Friday’s event but was sidelined due to his health. He is pictured above right with fellow USS Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner at last year’s annual gathering at Smith’s Union Bar on Hotel Street in Honolulu.