Hubert Aaron is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Since I met with Morris Aaron and learned about Hubert, I often think of him. Hubert died on Dec 7, 1941. He was 22 years old and he gave his life on the U.S.S. Arizona in Pearl Harbor.
I was cruising around the website Storycorps.com today and came across this snippet of an interview that made me think of Hubert instantly. You can listen to it here:
Frank Curre survived WWII, and in this interview he talks about the bombing of the U.S.S. Arizona. I can’t imagine what those men went through. I’m consoled by the fact that Morris told me that Hubert was in the boiler room when the bomb hit, and that he would have died instantly. I’m relieved to know Hubert would not have suffered in the water as many other’s did.
Morris told me that Jenny Aaron, Hubert’s mother would not rest until she had something to memorialize Hubert with. She had no closure since his body was never recovered so she insisted on putting up a headstone for him in Sylverino Cemetery, and he shares it with his brother Ruvelle, whom everyone called “Man”.
Hubert made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I hope he knows that his family is proud, and that we will never forget him.