Robert Erly | Pearl Harbor survivor, 100
On Dec. 7, 1941, then-Navy Lt. j.g. Erly was aboard the destroyer Cassin at Pearl Harbor when the attack brought the United States into World War II.
As bombs fell on the Cassin, the destroyer Downes and the battleship Pennsylvania - all of which were together in dry dock - he organized a firefighting squad on the burning ships, his family said. They hosed down torpedoes and depth charges aboard the ships to limit further damage.
The three ships were repaired after the attack and returned to duty. Rear Adm. Erly received a Navy Commendation Medal with a combat V device.
He also served as deputy chief of staff to the commander of the Atlantic Fleet. - Washington Post