One of the two remaining survivors from the USS Arizona marked his 100th birthday and received a special message from the Secret Service.
United States Navy veteran Ken Potts was working as a crane operator aboard the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He escaped with two additional sailors, according to Fox News.
“Some 80 years later, there are only two living survivors: Potts and Lou Conter, the latter turning 99 in September 2020,” the outlet noted.
Stg. Jonathan Stockeland, a Marine Corps veteran, filmed a special message for Potts from outside the White House where they met in 2017 when he gave a “Veterans Tour” in his role as a member of the Secret Service.
Today, Ken Potts, one of two USS Arizona living survivors, turns 100-years-young! From all of us at the Secret Service, we wish you the happiest of birthdays! 🎉
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) April 15, 2021
During his tour of the White House, the World War II veteran also met former President Donald Trump who said, “Ken, it is an honor to meet you, an American hero”
Happy 100th Birthday to Mr. Ken Potts, one of only two living survivors that were aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The UTNG helped celebrate Mr. Potts' century mark during a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight today.#missionelevated pic.twitter.com/7Y4GaRCoD5
— Utah National Guard (@UTNationalGuard) April 15, 2021
The Right Wire Report thanks you for your service and continued inspiration you provide to all of us. You are a true American hero. God Bless.