President Trump signed a bill that will posthumously honor a Navy veteran who was the country’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor.
Ray Chavez died in 2018 at the age of 106, but his name will be forever remembered after Trump signed a bill last week ordering a San Diego-area post office to bear the vet’s name.
“His legacy is forever etched into our country’s rich history,” Trump said of Chavez after his death in 2018.
Chavez had traveled to the White House two months before his death, where Trump said he was an “inspiration to all who are here today and all of our great country.”
We are saddened to hear the oldest living Pearl Harbor veteran, Ray Chavez, has passed away at the age of 106. We were honored to host him at the White House earlier this year. Thank you for your service to our great Nation, Ray! pic.twitter.com/CA7Xdcxz89
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 22, 2018
The veteran joined the Navy in 1938 and was serving on the USS Condor when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
After World War II, Chavez returned to California, where he grew up, and served as a groundskeeper at the University of California, San Diego.
“When I found out he was the oldest [Pearl Harbor] survivor in the country, passed away in November , I thought, what a fine tribute this would be not just to him and his family and his community, but to all the veterans who served,” California Rep. Scott Peters, who introduced the bill to honor Chavez, said last year.
Chavez’s daughter, Kathleen, said of her father’s honor: “He’s probably looking down from heaven right now thinking, ‘Gosh, I don’t know why they’re making such a big deal. I was just doing my job.’”
Author: Emma Colton