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2014 Reunion

2016 Hawaii Reunion

The 2016 reunion, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, will be held December 1-9 2016 in Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Currently, 5 of the 6 known living Survivors will be attending. We hope to see everyone there!


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Clarendon Robert Hetrick

Clarendon Robert Hetrick

Survivor Clarendon Hetrick Dies

Clarendon "Clare" Hetrick, a survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, passed away April 18th in a Las Vegas hospital. He was the youngest of the seven living crew members of the battleship USS Arizona. Hetrick enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940, and was assigned as a mess cook on the USS Arizona. He survived the Japanese attack on the Arizona, and went on to serve as a torpedo plane mechanic aboard USS Saratoga during World War II. After the war, he transferred to the United States Air Force, serving for another 10 years before retiring in 1961.

Clare Hetrick

21 Apr 2016

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Website Restoration

Rebuilding a 16 year old website from the ground up is a daunting task. In September, our entire website was lost due to financial issues. Thanks to the donations made by our viewers we are back and luckily all photos and stories were backed up on several portable hard-drives. It will take months to restore everything but it will be accomplished.

The silver lining in the cloud is this website will be better than ever! Regular progress updates will be posted here. On May 23 we suffered another blow when our website was hacked. Backups were able to restore older information but, once again, the galleries have suffered. We hope to have those restored again within a few weeks.

The Nease Family thanks you for your patience and continued support during this website restoration. ~N. Nease

Website Update

24 May 2016

We Need Your Help

Since 1999, USSArizona.org has been presented by the Nease Family; Budd, Carol & Nancy. With the passing of Budd in 2011 and ever increasing costs of operations and reseaarch, this website now faces shutting down.

Until his death in 2011, Budd Nease (USNR Ret.) served 10 years as Historian for the USS Arizona Reunion Association. His wife Carol assisted him with answering thousands of emails from service personnel, students of all ages, and people from all walks of life around the world. His daughter Nancy worked as his Assistant Historian and took over duties as Historian in 2011 as well as maintaining this website. Budd's grandson, Charles, has stepped into the role of Assistant Historian and answers emails as well.

One of Budd's greatest pleasures was assisting students with their research projects and linking them with USS Arizona survivors for interviews. In an effort to continue to keep this website free to students and the general public, and continue operations, we are asking for your help.

Your donations go directly to supporting this website and costs of ongoing research. Any donation, no matter how small, goes a long way to keeping USSARIZONA.ORG operating. Please use the "Donate" button to securely make a donation through PayPal today. We thank you for your help.

Nancy Nease
Nancy A. Nease

Historian - USS Arizona Reunion Association


Our thanks to the following for their generous donations:

Larry Turner (2), Robert McWilliams, Christopher James, Joseph Givens, Meredith Scott, Mike Baldwin, Eddie Rice, and Jean McGovern.

Mary Hoar, Aaron Hudacky, Benjamin Wiselogle, Terry King, and Jack Van Lierop.

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