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The Lou Conter Story: From USS Arizona Survivor to Unsung American Hero *Autographed copies*

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The Lou Conter Story: From USS Arizona Survivor to Unsung American Hero tells the incredible story of one of the last remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. More than just a recollection of the events that transpired in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, this book also records the author's memorable experiences before and after the Day of Infamy.

Conter was on the USS Arizona deck when a Japanese armor-piercing bomb hit one million pounds of gunpowder stored in the ship's hull. He helped rescue crewmen following the explosion and dove into the wreckage to recover bodies in the days after. In 1942, Conter went to flight school where he earned his wings and became a VP-11 Black Cat pilot. He helped rescue over two hundred Australian Coastwatchers stranded in northern New Guinea and was shot down twice -- once swimming with his crew while sharks circled. Conter also helped rescue over two hundred Australian shore watchers up the Sepik River in New Guinea.

After World War II, he became an intelligence officer, flew combat in Korea, created the Navy's first SERE program (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape), and served as a military advisor to presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.

Lou Conter shares his Pearl Harbor experiences with high school students throughout Northern California, and he returns to the USS Arizona every December to take part in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day activities to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. In 2019, Conter was one of only three remaining crew members out of the 335 who had survived the attack on the USS Arizona. He was the only survivor able to attend the memorial event.


Copyright © 2021 Louis A. Conter, Annette C. Hull, and Warren R. Hull

Published by Wheatmark®

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Mary Vernoy
Great book

Well written autographed copy of the life of a true hero.

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Edward Smith
A True American Hero

This is an Awesome Book! I have met Mr. Lou Conter at USS Arizona Reunion Association meetings several times over the years. He was always a True Gentleman to speak with and Very Cordial. I knew that He was on The Arizona when it was bombed,but had no idea of what He went through the rest of WW II,and the rest of his Military Career and Life. It is All in this book! A Truly Enjoyable Read !!!!!!! Thank You Lou for Your Service !!!!!!!!

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remembering pearl harbor every year

every time i get a new calender i mark all my dates and when i come to dec i make dec 7 1941 and i watch my dec 7 1941 dvd,s and i say from my heart god bless you guys and i have tears in my eyes when i again see all the pictures of her. i hope that one day i can once again get see pearl at times also i say that i will see all the shpmates in heaven and we will sit down and talk .

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I purchased a 3x5 American Flag and requested a specific date for the flag to be flown on the USS Arizona Memorial. My request was honored and now will fly it on special days. Great customer service!

Bb39

Love the shirt! Material feels great and I love sharing the message of remembering Pearl Harbor

Very nice Shirt.

This is a very nice shirt and a good way to support the Pacific Historical Park. I ordered the incorrect size and the exchange was real easy. I have also ordered several flags from them.
Flying "Old Glory" flown from the Arizona Memorial is a great way to support them and show your support at home.

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It is totally awesome. God Bless them all. 1177 of them.