Ken Potts, Pearl Harbor attack survivor dead age at 102


Ken Potts, one of the survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died at the age of 102.

His death has been mourned by his family members. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris, and other family members.

Ken Potts cause of death

Potts passed away on Friday at the home he shared with his wife in Provo, Utah.


On the morning of December 7, 1941, Potts was working as a crane operator transporting supplies to the Arizona when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

He revealed in an oral history interview in 2020 that he jumped aboard a boat after hearing a loudspeaker command the sailors back to their vessels.

After being thrown or forced to leap into the oily sludge below, Potts and his crew rescued some seamen.

Nine minutes after being bombed, the Arizona sank, taking with it 1,177 lives and roughly half of the sailors killed in the attack.

Potts lived with the trauma of the assault for the rest of his life. He recalled that amid the confusion of the attack, some people were still issuing orders.

He is one of just two surviving witnesses to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Lou Conter, aged 101 and residing in California, is the last known survivor of the Arizona.

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