Ray Chavez, oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor attack, laid to rest

Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 21:33:56-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Ray Chavez, the oldest American survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was laid to rest Thursday.

Described by many as a true American patriot, the 106-year-old Chavez passed away in late November. Throughout the years, Chavez was often present at events in San Diego and Hawaii commemorating the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.

On Thursday morning, a mass was held for Chavez at St. Michael’s Church (15546 Pomerado Rd.) in Poway. Chavez previously worked at the church as a gardener.

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A funeral procession then transported the Navy veteran to his final resting place at Miramar National Cemetery (5795 Nobel Dr.).

Chavez, 10News learned, will be buried with full military honors.

Chavez was assigned to the Navy minesweeper USS Condor when Japanese air forces attacked the base in Hawaii.