Oldest US military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies at age 106

Ray ChavezAudrey McAvoy/AP

  • Ray Chavez, the oldest US military survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack that plunged the country into World War II, died at 106.
  • Chavez, who had been battling pneumonia, died in his sleep in San Diego.
  • In May, he traveled to Washington, D.C., where he was honored on Memorial Day by President Donald Trump.
  • The White House tweeted a statement Wednesday saying it was saddened to hear of his passing.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, died Wednesday. He was 106.

Chavez, who had been battling pneumonia, died in his sleep in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his daughter, Kathleen Chavez, told The Associated Press.

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