Arizona Congressman honors last survivor of USS Arizona BB-39

WASHINGTON — Lt. Cmdr. Lou Conter, the last living survivor of the USS Arizona BB-39, died last month at the age of 102.

In honor of his remarkable life and service, the USS Arizona Legacy Foundation collaborated with U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.) to recognize Conter’s contributions to our nation.

Congressman Ciscomani today read the following into the official Congressional Record:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember the life of Lieutenant Commander Lou Conter, the last survivor of the USS Arizona during the attacks on Pearl Habor.

At 102 years old, Lou passed away in his home in Grass Valley, California, surrounded by his family on April 1, 2024.

Then quartermaster, Lou was on the deck when the ship was hit.

Ultimately, 1,177 of his shipmates from the USS Arizona perished on that day.

He went on to serve 27 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander.

He spent his life keeping the memories of Pearl Harbor alive, educating others and even doing interviews up until he was 100 years old.

Lieutenant Commander Conter was committed to helping others in times of need and truly loved making a difference in his community.

He leaves behind a daughter, Louann Daley; three sones, Tony, Jim, and Jeff: stepson, Ron; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We will never forget his sacrifice or the sacrifice of his fellow sailors on the USS Arizona.

We extend our gratitude for his dedicated service and are eternally thankful for his contributions.”

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