Jim Downing

 

 

Age: 104

 

Summary: the second-oldest living survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the United States into World War II who joined the Navy at 19 years old and was serving as a gunner's mate first class aboard the USS West Virginia the morning of December 7, 1941 as Japanese bombers and attack aircraft swooped down from the clouds in a surprise attack that claimed the lives of some 2,400 Americans after the U.S. Navy lost 18 ships that day and found itself reluctantly thrust headlong into the largest conflict the world had ever seen, but who retired in 1956 after 24 years of service, which included being commanding officer of the USS Patapsco and authored a book about his experiences.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications after surgery

 

Born: August 22, 1913

 

Died: February 13, 2018

 

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado