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Lt. Jim Downing

United States Navy (Ret.)

Attack of the USS West Virginia

At 104 years old, Lieutenant Jim Downing is the second-oldest survivor of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. 

Lt. Downing was a crew member aboard the USS West Virginia (BB-48), but was on land at the beginning of the attack. 

In this Alumni Spotlight Video, Lt. Downing describes his journey back to the sinking ship in order to help his fellow crew mates.