Gerard Zinser


Age: 82

the last surviving crewman from the sinking of John F. Kennedy's PT 109 in the South Pacific in World War II who was aboard Lt. Kennedy's 80-foot patrol torpedo boat in the Solomon Islands when it was sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer on Aug. 2, 1943 and became the only career Navy man in the 13-man crew serving as a machinist's mate first class at the time.

Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease

Born: May 31, 1919

Died: August 21, 2001

Orange Park, Florida