It is with profound sadness that we report that Lou Conter, the last survivor of the USS Arizona has passed away at his home in Grass Valley, California. Surrounded by family in his final hours, Lou lived a long and distinguished life. Fair winds and following seas Lou.

The muster for the crew of the USS Arizona is now complete. The WW2 generation is slowly leaving us.


Xzebek · April 1, 2024 at 9:31 pm

Beyond the human sadness of such a loss, we need to recognize and fear the fact that we no longer have similar men to replace those that we have lost from 1941 to today. Men such as Conter came from every corner of the country and saved the world- and many of us who would not otherwise be here but for their efforts. The likelihood of war grows daily and I have substantial doubt we will be up to the task of saving our own Country, much less the world.

Jester · April 1, 2024 at 10:17 pm

Working inside the V.A I can tell you they are not slowly leaving us in other ways than their numbers are so small now. God Speed to this Veteran.

Humbly Grateful · April 2, 2024 at 12:45 am

We’d be speaking German or Japanese, maybe even reading Cyrillic signs, without them and their offspring the Silent Generation are shuffling off as well.
May this round of generations rise up to the coming hard times with chips off of the greatness block here and there.

Bigus Macus · April 2, 2024 at 4:22 am

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Lou.

IcyReaper · April 2, 2024 at 11:54 am

RIP, He is now with his shipmates. I wish my grandfather was still here. He was at Hickam AAF during the attack and all over the Pacific afterwards. He died in the early 70’s. He was a good, honest and hard working man and one of many of that time. He was unbelievably for someone of that era, a strong supporter of the hippie protests in the 60’s against the Vietnam war. He supported the protests but NEVER disrespected or allowed any disrespect of any vets He once told me while a protest parade was going thru town, that the fools that always seem to want war never seemed to be the ones or any member of their family, to go fight in them. I have never heard a truer statement.

Looking at things now. I wonder if the sacrifice of all the lives lost in our endless push for war was worth it. I wish I could ask them…..

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