Bay Space WWII veteran honored with bronze statue in Benicia

(KRON) — A 92-year-old Bay Space veteran could have a bronze statue in his likeness unveiled tomorrow in Benicia to honor his service throughout World Struggle II. Harold Bray, a retired Benicia police officer, is the final surviving sailor of the USS Indianapolis with its final mission to assist finish the conflict.

Bray enlisted within the US Navy when he turned 17-years-old in 1944, 5 years after World Struggle II started.

Bray would ultimately be part of the USS Indianapolis crew in Mare Island, California. The ship had simply returned again to the States for main restore following a Japanese Kamikaze assault at Okinawa in March 1945. Throughout that assault, 9 crew members had been killed. 

Earlier than the USS Indianapolis’ last top-secret mission of carrying an atomic bomb to Japan, Bray was fascinated by all walks of Navy life.

“The months and days that adopted had been spent coaching, firefighting, standing watches, and studying to drink Navy espresso. Whereas the ship was getting repaired, we lived within the barracks on the north finish of the island and rode a prepare to the ship day by day,” he stated. 

To at the present time, the USS Indianapolis rests within the Philippine Sea the place it sank in July 1945 after being torpedoed twice by an Imperial Japanese submarine.

After his years within the US Navy, Bray settled down in Benicia the place he would ultimately elevate a household and develop into a revered member of the police division and neighborhood. 

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The statue will stand at seven ft tall surrounded by bronze sponsorship legacy plaques, personalised engraved bricks, concrete benches and a storyboard detailing the historical past of Bray and the USS Indianapolis, the Benicia Group Basis stated.

The statue unveiling shall be at 6 p.m. within the metropolis’s Commandants Quarters in entrance of the clock tower. 

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