Larry Petretti was an impassioned outdoorsman, a marksman with a bow or weapon and, relatively few years back, was supposed to be the most seasoned as yet working land dealer in California.
The Tamalpais High School graduate who experienced childhood in Marin County and was a long-term Santa Rosa inhabitant was additionally, among the corps of nearby World War II veterans who saw and reacted to and for a lifetime conveyed recollections of the frightfulness loosed on Pearl Harbor just about 80 years prior, the lone survivor.
Petretti, for the beyond seven years the president and sole battle vet in the North Bay’s friendly association of Pearl Harbor survivors, passed on Nov. 13 after a concise decrease in his wellbeing. He was 98.
With his passing, there could be presently not a Pearl Harbor vet known to be living in Sonoma, Lake or Mendocino regions. Nobody knows without a doubt the number of Pearl Harbor survivors stay in the country; gauges range from a couple dozen to maybe 100. A little unexpected of the centenarians is relied upon to be on Oahu on Dec. 7 for observances of the 80th commemoration of the unexpected assault by Imperial Japan that killed in excess of 2,400 Americans, incurred horrifying harm for the Pacific Fleet and drew the U.S. unexpectedly into World War II.
Petretti, a local of San Francisco, was as yet 17 when he signed up with the Navy in mid 1941. He was a sailor on board the secured destroyer delicate USS Whitney, and his nation was not at war, when the first of 353 transporter dispatched Japanese aircraft and military aircraft showed up over Pearl Harbor the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Like so many of the American mariners, officers and Marines there, Petretti was a youngster who’d enrolled in the last part of the 1930s or mid ’40s to see the world and acquire a check while serving his country.
We didn’t have the principal thought what war was, Petretti said instantly before Santa Rosa’s Pearl Harbor recognition of 2012. In a moment, that changed. Before long, Petretti was assisting with pulling the assortments of individual sailor from the harbor’s sleek water.
He said in a pre-Dec. 7 meeting nine years prior that Americans ought not allow time to dissolve their appreciation to the youthful folks who gave their lives, got singed to death.
I trust they’re rarely neglected, he said, in any event, when the remainder of the Pearl Harbor survivors are dead, which will not be long.
The veteran’s better half of 55 years, Kathlene Petretti, said he was astoundingly dynamic and solidness all through his long life, however he appeared to age especially in only the beyond couple of months. Just weeks prior, he was expecting to show up, as he had for quite a long time, in the Veterans Day march in Petaluma.
Petretti’s motorcade driver, vehicle fancier Jim Sennes of Sebastopol, intended to drive him on Nov. 11 in a particularly fitting vehicle: the authority’s 1941 Lincoln Zephyr. Sennes dealt with the 80-year-old dazzler to make specific it was roadworthy on Veterans Day.
Not set in stone to get that vehicle into the procession with him,” Sennes said. “It just would have been terrific.