Louis Anthony Conter, the last remaining survivor of the bombing of the U.S.S. Arizona, died peacefully Monday morning at his home in Grass Valley, surrounded by family. He was 102 years old.

Conter was born Sept. 13 1921, and at the age of 20 signed up to serve his country in the United States Navy where he became a pilot that was downed over enemy waters, twice; punched sharks in the nose to resist being eaten by sharks in those enemy waters; rescued scores of Australian Coastwatchers (think equivalent of U.S. Navy Seals); survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the bombing of the U.S.S. Arizona; designed the Navy’s SERE training (survival, escape and evasion, resistance to interrogation, and espionage); was an advisor to President John F. Kennedy; and retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, among many other accomplishments.

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