PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Saturday, Central Louisiana said goodbye to the community’s last Pearl Harbor survivor, Ray G. Bashrum.
He didn’t talk very much about his experiences in the military, but Bashrum was very proud to have served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was aboard the Ship USS New Orleans when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor and always felt fortunate to have survived.
In central Louisiana he enjoyed years of hunting and fishing. He attended Trinity Baptist Church, and his long-time pastor, Darryl Hoychick, was honored to officiate Bashrum’s funeral.
"Every time I’d show up the first thing was, 'Oh preacher, how did the services go?'” said Hoychick. “Just a man that loved the lord, loved his family tremendously. Very shy about talking about his military service, but was very proud to have been in the Navy."
Bashrum spent his last years well cared for at the V.A. Community Living Center. He was honored with a 21-gun salute, coordinated by Congressman Ralph Abraham and performed by the Honor Guard of Jena.