Memorial Held on USS Iowa After World War II Veteran Featured in Touching Viral Tribute Dies

3, according to a Battleship Iowa news release. military, Thompson was aboard the USS Tennessee when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and later — while on the USS Missouri — he witnessed the Japanese surrender in 1945, the release stated. The day was “one of the best” of Thompson’s life, according to his grandson. I enjoyed it very much,” Thompson told KTLA in an interview back in August. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA, 90731. Thompson played a pivotal role in bringing the USS Iowa to the Port of Los Angeles. He regularly visited the ship to deliver lectures and share his memories until last year, when he was unable to go due to health issues, the release stated. The memorial included a wreath and flag-raising ceremony, and the playing of Taps. On Sunday afternoon, many showed up to the ship Thompson so loved to honor and celebrate his life. Photos of Ernest Thompson on the USS Iowa on Nov. Amid the singing, Thompson stood and saluted, the first time he was able to stand or walk since he suffered a fall earlier this year, a spokesman for the Battleship Iowa Museum said at the time. Thompson celebrated his 99th birthday on Oct. While serving in the U.S. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations to be sent to: Ernest R. Video of the emotional and touching tribute was circulated online and viewed millions of times. 33.736062
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Ernest Thompson passed away at his home “peacefully” on Nov. Navy Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Center paid tribute to the veteran by going to Thompson’s home and singing the Navy’s march song, “Anchors Aweigh,” in the middle of the residential street back in August. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A memorial was held Sunday for a World War II veteran who died less than three months after being honored by Chief Selects outside of his Gardena home in a widely viewed video. 20, 2016. 26 and even made it to the ship’s museum last month, according to the release. Ernest Thompson is seen in a Aug. Thompson Memorial Fund, Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S. “It was quite impressive … 13 video being honored in front of his Gardena Home. Because he could no longer visit, chief selects from the U.S.