Lauren Bruner

  • Born: November 4, 1920
  • Died: September 10, 2019
  • Location: California


Lauren Bruner

One of the last survivors of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona

Lauren Bruner was a U.S. Navy veteran who was aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   November 05, 2019

In loving memory of a wonderful Great Uncle. He always went out of his way to to reach out and connect with us. We will love you and miss you always Uncle Lauren!

Posted by Matt Bromley - Erie, CO - family   November 03, 2019

That was some type of life full of memories. I wish I could have known Mr. Bruner. That age group has the most interesting life ever. So much knowledge and experiences. A unique generation. May zGod continue to be with the family!

Posted by - TX   October 11, 2019

Dear Lauren, It was an honor and a privilege to have known you. You filled it so many unanswered questions about that fateful day that I never got to ask my Dad. You were a true hero in every sense of the word. Your smile and laugh were contagious and spread light wherever you were. From sharing beers at Smiths Union, to celebrating your birthday dinners, to celebrating Pearl Harbor Day with you you will forever be missed. I'll never forget that first phone call when I tracked you down and then drove to California to meet you. I will never forget you kind sir and I will make sure the memory of Pearl Harbor carries on. 'Lest we forget.'

Posted by Carol Reiley - Cave Creek, AZ - friend   October 09, 2019

Calm seas now at peace with your ship mates. I read your amazing book and feel as I personally have knew you from it. You will be missed by all that had the pleasure to know you

Posted by Maryanne Schreiber - Melbourne, Victoria   October 08, 2019

R.I.P. with your shipmates Lauren and may God open his arms to you and all your brothers.

I'm reading his book as I type and am proud of the courage he's showed in allowing his story to be told. It should be read by all who want to say Thank You to all those from his generation who served our great nation in the "War to end all Wars". Thank you Lauren for your service to our great country.

Posted by Rick Cline - Bellevue, NE - friend   October 03, 2019

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen this family to cherish the memories of a life well lived.

Posted by Wallace Bell    September 30, 2019

With sincere condolences. May the God of comfort give you peace in this difficult time.

Posted by D Blatch    September 27, 2019

My condolences to the family, May the peace of God sustain you during this time of great sadness.

Posted by P. R. - C.O.   September 27, 2019

My Uncle was a true American Hero. He served our Country with pride and honor.He loved his time in the Navy and lived his life loving his Country. The scars on his body were a vivid reminder of what he lived through on December 7th 1942. He lived a long life and one of his special recent events in his life was returning to Pearl Harbor over the past several years to honor those who lost their lives on the USS Arizona.

Posted by Patrick Bromley - Highlands Ranch, CO - family   September 26, 2019

"It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
Lauren was young
And he was at the rail
With shipmates once again."---rs

Posted by Roger Sheetz - USN, WA   September 25, 2019

Thank you for your service to our country to the man like his family I never knew it was men like Lauren Bruner, that gave me the gift of freedom and for that I can't say thank you enough. Rest in Peace Mr. Bruner and once again from my family and myself thank you for that gift.

Posted by Richard Gottlieb - Portsmouth, RI   September 23, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences. May the family be comforted knowing that God is supporting you during this time of sorrow and may he massage your hearts with love and peace forever as you cope with the loss in your life.

Posted by BRY - CA   September 23, 2019

Requiéscat in pace. Amen. Be with God, My Brother. Thank you.

Posted by Bill Buerger - Phoenix, AZ   September 23, 2019


RIP, Sir. Thank you for your service. God bless you for all you did to keep me free!

Posted by Patricia Beckham - Cherryville, NC   September 23, 2019


Even thought I didn't know you Sir I Thank you for your Brave Service to our country and to all of us! My deepest condolences to your family God give you strength through this difficult time. RIP and with the Angels! Esther Perez Bakersfield, Ca.

Posted by Esther Perez - CA   September 22, 2019


God bless you, sir...Thank you for your service.

Posted by Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT   September 22, 2019

Sir, I thank you for your service. Rest now. Elizabeth

Posted by A friend   September 21, 2019

Another of the greatest generation has left us. He was a humble, brave hero. Condolences and blessings to all his family and caretakers. Fair winds and following seas my friend.

Posted by Rebecca - FL - friend   September 21, 2019


One of the greatest Generation.
Gods speed. Thank you for your service to our country. to keep us free. God Bless America.

My prayer's & sympathy to the Bruner Family.

M. Kosh
Ft. Myers, Fl.

Posted by m Kosh - Ft.Myers,, FL   September 21, 2019


You were one of the greatest generation.Young men going to battle to save our country after being attacked.I thank you sir for my freedom.How proud your family must have been to hear of your heroic actions. I can not imagine this present generation doing what yours did. Again, I can not thank you enough for your bravery.God Bless you and God Bless America. R.I.P.

Posted by Darla Reynolds - Queen Creek, AZ   September 21, 2019

Posted by Darla Reynolds - Queen Creek, AZ   September 21, 2019

Thank you for your service to our country.

Posted by Vance Marcum - TX   September 21, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   September 21, 2019

Wow, 98 years...

What a legacy he leaves behind. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 21, 2019

Be at peace, sir. We have the watch.

Posted by Rick Wagner    September 21, 2019

Thank you for your service and fearlessness in carrying out your duties. As a resident of Arizona, I was so proud to read about all the survivors, was moved by my own visit to Pearl Harbor, and am glad that our newspaper, The Arizona Republic, does its best to keep the history of this event, and the people-side of the story in our consciousness. My condolences to Lauren Brunner's family, friends and fellow service members.

Posted by Jill - Phoenix, AZ   September 20, 2019


Posted by Jennifer Courtney - Dekalb, IL   September 20, 2019

May God with the Bruner family to help you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2019

"Fair winds and following seas." God bless your soul; God bless your spirit. My condolences to your family and friends.

Posted by - Troy, NY   September 20, 2019


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   September 20, 2019

As the child of a survivor, I can relate to what its like to be raised by a member of the greatest generation. I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world. The greatest country in history and the cause of freedom will forever be indebted to Mr. Bruner and so many who paid such a high price for others.......Matthew 11:28-30.

Posted by Jim Martin - Trinity, TX - friend   September 20, 2019

Thank you for your service. I recently purchased your book and look forward to reading it. Rest in Peace!

Posted by Drew Hawkins - Winter Springs, FL   September 20, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences. My grandmother, born in Glidden, Iowa, in 1881, was born Clara Louise Bruner, and her brother was Jonathan Edgar Bruner. Any relation?

Posted by Claranne Petersen - Des Moines, IA   September 20, 2019

My Condolences to the family.

Posted by Cleveland.    September 20, 2019

Condolences. May the God o creation comfort you during your time of grief. WE THANK HIS FAMILY FOR THE SACRIFICE MR. LAUREN BRUNER MADE.

Posted by - MD   September 20, 2019



Posted by A friend   September 20, 2019

One of the last of our hero's. Who do we have now to look up to and protect and defend us. What is happening to this once great country! May God hold you in the palm of his hands and may his angels wrap their wings around you and guide you on your next journey.

Posted by linda marin - oshkosh, WI   September 20, 2019

RIP hero. Thank you for your service.

Posted by Pam Sheppard    September 20, 2019

What an amazing story. Thank you for your service sir may god
bless you and may you RIP.

Posted by Daniel Williams - Middletown, RI   September 20, 2019

Rest In Peace shipmate thanks for my freedom

Posted by BM3 Bock - Mchenry, MS - friend   September 20, 2019

Thank you for your courage and bravery. You sir are a hero! God bless your family.

Posted by Michelle Sievers - FORT WAYNE, IN   September 20, 2019

Thank you sir for your service to our country, now you are in the Lord's arms. Prayers for peace and comfort to your family and friends.

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2019


Posted by Cathy Williams - Louisville, KY   September 20, 2019


R.I.P. Sir.

Posted by Cynthia Herd - SOUTH HADLEY, MA   September 19, 2019

With thoughts and prayers to the Bruner family. May the God of peace comfort your hearts at this time of loss.

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2019

Mr. Bruner,
Now you join your service friends
You are all Angels.
Thank you for protecting us, the
Now you can rest in peace.
God is blessing you.
Fly high to Heaven sir.

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2019

I can't thank you enough for your service, god bless you in your rest!

Posted by Tom McFarland - Merrillville, IN   September 19, 2019


Godspeed Lauren. Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Posted by C Cerny - IL   September 19, 2019


Posted by A friend   September 19, 2019

It is with the deepest respect that as a navy veteran i say goodbye shipmate. My you know we will never forget

Posted by Doug Roberts    September 19, 2019

RIP Sir, Your a hero and blessing to this country.
Thank you for your service, as hard, sad and scary as it was, you protected the people of this country and we will never forget.
You're job is done here sir, Rest With Peace in your soul.

Posted by Sharon Sterner - Long Beach, CA   September 19, 2019

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.

Posted by Eric Burcher - Spring Valley, CA   September 19, 2019


God bless your family and thank you so much for your service to our country. Rest in peace

Posted by - Saucier, MS   September 19, 2019

Rest well in eternity with your fellow shipmates Cousin Lauren.

Posted by Craig Bruner - Monroe, WA   September 19, 2019


Peace, peace, so much peace.

Posted by Glen James Hausfeld - Minneapolis, MN   September 19, 2019

It's interesting I'm visiting Hawaii near the Pearl Harbor Museum. To have endured this and live such a long fulfilling life is a blessing! May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2019


Posted by Joan Walton - Columbus, GA   September 19, 2019

Fair Winds and Following Seas. May you and your Shipmates always Rest-in-Peace and Honored Glory.

Posted by Jim Cummings, MSgt (Ret)    September 19, 2019


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greenale, WI   September 19, 2019

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Lauren Bruner