“Cancer did what WWII could not,” Last surviving crewmember of U.S.S. Oklahoma passes away


Lewis Egnotovich

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LAKE CITY, Fla. – A World War II veteran who was the last surviving member of the U.S.S. Oklahoma has passed away at the age of 94.

Lewis Jacob Egnatovich was on board the U.S.S. Oklahoma when the Japanese Fleet bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

In all, 429 of his fellow shipmates were killed in the attack.

He was just 20-years-old at the time of the attack.

“On Friday, March 18, Lou died peacefully at the age of 94, cancer did what WWII could not do,” his obituary reads. “He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Lou was an amazing person and an American Patriot through and through. He will always be remembered and missed. This is the final salute to the last surviving crewmember of the U.S.S. Oklahoma which sunk in Pearl Harbor, now may the entire crew rest in peace.”

Services for Egnatovich will be held Friday in Florida.

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