CONTER, Louis Anthony - QM3c USN
CONTER, Louis Anthony - QM3/c USN

Louis Anthony Conter, QM3c
Louis Anthony Conter
Quarter Master Third Class
Louis Anthony Conter, QM3c
Louis A. Conter 2014
USS Arizona ROC
  • Name of Record: Louis Anthony "Lou" Conter
  • Branch: United States Navy
  • Service Number: Hidden for Privacy of Family
  • Rate: QM3/c (Quartermaster Third Class)
  • Duties: Steer ship and take soundings. Use range finder. Plot bearings. Know signal control and navigation. Send and receive International Code by blinker, searchlight and semaphore.
  • Enlisted: 15 November 1939
  • Place: Denver, Colorado
  • Onboard USS Arizona: 24 January 1940
  • From: RS San Diego
  • Birth Name: Louis Anthony Conter
  • Date of Birth: 13 September 1921
  • Place of Birth: Ojibwa, Wisconsin
  • Date of Death: 1 April 2024
  • Place of Death: Grass Valley, CA
  • Parents: Nicholas Anthony Conter & Lottie Esther Milligan Conter

Louis Conter's most vivid memory of December 7, 1941 came at 8:05am when a bomb hit the ammunition magazine located between Turrets I & II. The blast knocked him to the deck. Other sailors were blown off the side of the ship and into the water. "Guys started coming out of the fire and we would lay them down on the deck because we didn't want them jumping over the sides... When the Captain said 'Abandon ship!' we went into the life boats and started picking men out of the water and fire... When the second attack hit, we fought from the water." He spent the the next few weeks helping to put out fires and recovering the bodies of his shipmates.

In December 1967 Louis Conter retired from the Navy, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, after serving for 23 years.

Video from American Veterans Center
Photo and Service information from the Vincent J. Vlach, USN Ret., (USS Arizona Survivor & Ship's Historian) and I. B. Nease, USNR Ret., (USS Arizona Historian) Collections [privately held collections]
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Information researched and compiled by N. A. Nease.
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