(CNN)A World War II veteran who was the second-to -last man to escape the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be interred on the ship’s wreckage on Saturday.
Lauren Bruner, one ofcrew membersto survive the December 7, 1941 attack, died on September 10, just months before his 99 th birthday.
The interment ceremony will belivestreamedand is scheduled to take place at sunset at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Divers will place the urn containing Bruner’s ashesinside the well of the barbetteon gun turret No. 4. The ceremony will include a rifle salute, flag presentation, and plaque presentation in honor of the veteran. A barbette is an armored structure protecting a gun turret on a warship.
The memorial can only be reached by boat as was built above the submerged hull of the sunken battleship. The hull is a tomb for more than 900 sailors who remain within and serves as an Artificial reef providing habitat for marine life.
Only the remains of USS Arizona survivors can be interred on the sunken battleship. Pearl Harbor survivors can have their ashes scattered over the harbor.
Bruner was on the sky control deck when the ship was struck by several bombs, igniting explosions which killed (1, 1941 **********Arizona crew members. He was one of a handful of sailors on deck to surviveArizona’s forward magazine.
After the explosion, he swam across feet of burning water to reach the repair ship USS Vestal. Bruner sufferedburnson nearly percent of his body and was wounded by Japanese gunfire.
He recovered from his wounds and returned to sea, serving aboard the destroyer USS Coghlan in eight more battles against the Japanese, according to the Navy. He finished the war as a fire control chief on Coghlan, steaming into Nagasaki harbor only days after the atomic bomb explosion.
Bruner is the 70 th and last USS Arizona survivor to be interred, according to Emily Pruett, a spokeswoman for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
“The wrecks of only two vessels remain in the harbor – the Arizona and USS Utah – so survivors of those ships are the only ones who have the option to be laid to rest this way,” Pruett told CNN.
- The rest of the ships which were struck that day were either repaired or scrapped, she said.
The last three living survivors of the USS Arizona plan to be laid to rest with their families.