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Memorial Service for Oldest Survivor of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Streamed Live

12 December 2018   Robert Milligan

PMC, VA Team Up For Special Memorial Broadcast of Navy Chief Quartermaster Raymond Chavez on Thursday, December 13 @ 11:30 AM MST

A memorial service in San Diego for the oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, will be live streamed for Prescott area viewers on Thursday, Dec. 13, by Prescott’s new Veterans Access Channel 65.

Richard Cochran, Executive Director of the Hispanic Medal of Honor Society invited the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (NAVAHCS) and the Prescott Media Center, which operates the Veterans Access Channel, to provide the live broadcast coverage of the event honoring retired Navy Chief Quartermaster Raymond Chavez, who died November 21 at the age of 106.

“We’re proud to be able to provide this opportunity for our significant veterans community in the Prescott area and to all veterans across the world to participate in this historic event,” said Prescott Media Center Manager Robert Milligan.   “Thanks to new technology, new equipment, and the advent of the new veterans channel, we’re pleased to partner with the NAVAHCS to make this happen.” 

The event is scheduled to take place at St. Michael Catholic Church in San Diego at 10:30am Pacific Standard Time (11:30am Mountain Standard Time) on Thursday and can be seen on Cable Channel 65 or streamed live at

Chavez, who was born in 1912 and served in the Navy from 1938 to 1945, was awarded the Legacy of Valor Medal of Merit on December 6, 2016, on the battleship USS Missouri.  He was a resident of the San Diego area.

Prescott Media Center, which also operates public access channel 64, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the Prescott community through broadcast and media production services, and streaming of parades and other special events.   Channel 65 is the only such veterans community access channel in the US, according to the station.   Further information is available at:, or at 928-445-0909.

Here is a video interview done with Navy Chief Quartermaster Raymond Chavez for the Veterans History Project. The interview took place in February 25, 2009.