Herman Leroy Schafer1916 - 2009

Herman was born on December 23, 1916 and passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2009.

Herman was last known to be living in Brunswick, Maine.

He was a graduate of Manasquan High School, NJ and the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD class of 1940.

Mr. Schafer served in the US Navy during WWII. He was a survivor of the attack upon Pearl Harbor and was stationed aboard the USS Arizona at the time of the attack. He served for the majority of the war on the USS Alabama and towards the end of the war was transferred to the USS Iowa, ultimately attaining the rank of Lt. Commander.

He is survived by his wife Ruth.

Services: Private.

Memorials: Disabled American Veterans at dav.org/donate or P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301

(Photo Credit: Budd Nease Collection)

Charles William HaislipCharles William "Slip" Haislip was born in Tacoma, WA on April 30, 1918 and passed away in Sun City West on May 29, 2009 at the age of 91. He has lived in Arizona for 15 years. Slip is survived by his wife Lorraine Haislip; sister Joyce Davis; sons John Haislip and Dennis Haislip; daughter Shirley Rodriguez; stepdaughters Diana (Ed) Entrican, Jeanne Menendez, and Virginia Barnhill; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Eileen Haislip and brother Everett Haislip.

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Wylie Smith, USMCI received a call today 3/10/09 1330 hrs from Dora Smith. Shipmate Wylie Smith USMC passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Air Force West in Riverside, CA. A service for Wylie Smith will be held later in the year. Dora will advise.

Wylie Smith, Pvt. USMC, served aboard the USS Arizona from 1937-1939. He was discharged in 1941 prior to WWII. When WWII broke out Smith joined the US Army Air Corp, went thru flight school, and became a Navigator. Smith retired as a Major. Wylie went on thru college and received his Doctorate Degree.

Wylie Smith along with other Marines served as orderlies to Rear Admiral Chester Nimitz. The role of an orderly included being a messenger and errand runner as well as being a body guard to the Admiral. Other duties were being a "playmate" to the Admiral's young daughter Mary who would come aboard with her mother on Sundays when the ship was in port. Mary was very spoiled. On one occasion, one of the orderlies couldn’t cooperate. Mary Nimitz saw him standing post outside the admiral’s spacious cabin and said, “Come in and play with me.”

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Henry Sherman Harris, age 87, of Lawrenceburg, TN passed away Sunday, February 15. He was a native of Phil Campbell, Alabama, a Navy veteran, a member of the VFW, The American Legion, The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, The USS Arizona Reunion Association and a Baptist.

He is survived by one son, Larry Harris of Alabama, one daughter, Sharon Cole of Columbia, one brother, Charles Harris of California. 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren survive.

Funeral services were held February 17 at Pettus Turnbo Funeral Home with Rex Reed and Donnie Couch officiating. Burial was in the Mimosa Cemetery with full military honors provided by the VFW.

Source: http://www.lawrenceburgtn.us/news/article/4929/

Charles William GuerinAfter 67 years, USS Arizona Survivor Charles William "Bill" Guerin will rejoin his shipmates. Following the ceremonies marking the 67th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack, Bill Guerin's remains were placed in the well of turret number 4, which was his battle station.

Of the 334 who survived the attack, Guerin and 31 of his shipmates chose to be buried there. Only veterans who were assigned to the USS Arizona at the time of the attack qualify to have their ashes interred on the ship.

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