The remains of a Pearl Harbor survivor were recently reunited with the shipmates he lost on Dec. 7, 1941.
Quartermaster Second Class Theodore Franklin Roosevelt, otherwise known as Ted, was on the USS Utah on the morning Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces.
“Did he have stories? Yes. I probably know every inch of the ship and have never been on it,” said Roosevelt’s son, Steve.
Roosevelt died at the age of 89. His final wish was to have his remains brought back to Hawaii. He wanted to be reunited with his brothers who were trapped inside the Utah.
On Thursday, three Navy divers gave Roosevelt his final wish.
“I came back from a trip to Hawaii in 2010 and said there is a chance of internment and he jumped on it. He wanted it so badly,” Steve said.
Roosevelt is the 12th Pearl Harbor survivor to be interred there.
“The Arizona and the Utah are the only two ships in the world that this applies to,” said Jim Taylor, Navy Pearl Harbor Survivor Liaison. “So we lower the remains down to the ship, and it’s not done any other place in the world.”