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Pearl Harbor survivor passes away

Posted June 28, 2010

— A celebrated war hero from Johnston County has passed away.

James Daniel “J.D.” Lancaster, of Pine Level, died Friday at the age of 90, family members said.

Nearly 70 years ago, Lancaster survived the attack on the USS Arizona, which was bombed at Pearl Harbor. In an interview with WRAL News several years ago, Lancaster said the explosion blew him into the water.

“I’ve relived it, no telling how many times,” he said.

Lancaster said he thought he survived because “the Lord had something else for me to do.”

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Two years later, he was on a landing ship that came under attack. Of the 700 men on board, only 45 survived.

Funeral services will be held at McLaurin at Pinecrest Funerals and Cremations in Clayton at 11 a.m. Tuesday. He will be buried with military honors at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Visitation is being held at McLaurin on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.


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  • Sherlock Jun 28, 2010

    This is a great lost to all. Thanks for your service to our county. You now stand with your ship mates.

  • gep6438 Jun 28, 2010

    RIP Hero...

  • brassmonkey1944 Jun 28, 2010

    God Bless You MR Lancaster. You were one the GREATEST GENERATION. As you make your final voyage to Heaven. My thoughts and prayers will be with You and your Family.

  • EvilSithLord Jun 28, 2010

    In this video, this brave man looks more energetic and more lucid than many youngsters you see lurking around streets and malls these days.

  • com_mon_sents Jun 28, 2010

    Rest in peace! Bless you for your honorable service to this country. I hate to see more and more of these men pass away. They certainly represent the good ole'days of America.

  • commonsence Jun 28, 2010

    Soo Long JD !!!,, I'll miss you. I'm so Glad I had the chance to sit with Thanksgiving and share a meal. Thanks for Everything you have done !!!!!

  • gr8biglab2 Jun 28, 2010

    I met Mr. Lancaster several years ago. His daughter, Carol, is my dear friend. I am retired Air Force and have shaken many hands before, but when I shook his hand, I had goose bumps... I felt so honored. He is a real hero and I'm sad he is gone.
    God Bless you, J.D.

  • missjohnston04 Jun 28, 2010

    Mr. Lancaster was a good man. He will be truly missed. Praying for his family.

  • DisgustedNC Jun 28, 2010

    God bless.

  • NC Reader Jun 28, 2010

    There was an article in the News & Observer today about him, as well as an obituary. Besides surviving two ship attacks, he also later survived a plane crash. Every time one of these WWII veterans die, I shed a tear (or more).