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On the fateful morning of 7 December 1941, battleship USS Arizona, carrying her crew of 1,512 men, was attacked and bombed by the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces. As the battleship sunk to her fiery death, only 335 of her crew made it out alive, and today, only five survivors remain.

Lauren F. Bruner was the Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona, and his escape from the ship is considered by Military historians to be "Arizona's Greatest Escape." He escaped with burns covering over 73 percent of his body, but he lives today to tell his story.

"Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona" is Lauren Bruner's first historical novel, and is the most detailed account of the attack on Pearl Harbor you will ever read. The book is 470 pages in length and has over thirty pieces of original artwork. You will not only have the opportunity to experience what it was like to live aboard USS Arizona in this novel, but you will also get to meet Lauren Bruner up close and personal. Listed in the attachment are what readers are saying about this very special book.



    A cool spray of water hit Fire Controlman Third Class Lauren F. Bruner’s burned torso as the saltwater bit at his exposed nerves.
   More important concerns arose, as the Navy motor launch navigated through oil-fueled fires, dead and dismembered bodies—and sharks.

   Early in the morning, USS Vestal’s launch had been a simple Liberty boat for sailors. That designation ended in an instant, less than an hour prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Orders from Vestal’s captain had been to “…get these two burnt bastards to Solace, straightaway!”
    “Doesn’t look like either will make it.”

    Adrenaline pumped through Bruner’s veins. Burned over seventy-three percent of his body; he knew death was closer than life. Pain was the last thing on Bruner’s mind. Fellow crew member Alvin Dvorak was seated next to him. They had just escaped off USS Arizona

    Bombed and still being strafed, their ship had already sunk into the shallow depths of Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row."




"This book is as close as anyone will ever get to being aboard USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. It shares in truth and absolute detail our crew's fight to stay alive. I know this to be true as I was there fighting for my own life. Lauren Bruner has done an outstanding job in honoring our crew and our ship in leaving to history this gift of USS Arizona. Speaking for the ship's crew, I want him to know how proud we are of him for telling our story."

Lou Conter
USS Arizona Crew Member & Survivor
Quartermaster 3/c 

"Lauren Bruner shares the most harrowing experience I have ever had as a reader, and I felt inserted into every second of the action. I wept with terror and sorrow as I read; it is amazing that he lived to tell the tale. Not only does this book have enormous historical value but it also serves as a testament to why Lauren Bruner's generation is called The Greatest Generation."

Sharon Insalata

"I think this book is very well written and I like its style. It definitely drew me into the story about a young sailor’s life in old Honolulu, before the war. Lauren Bruner’s life story was fascinating to me, and I kept wanting to learn more about the man. As a woman, it is very easy to fall in love with him."

Linda Wenzel

“Although I have read many stories about the attack on Pearl Harbor, this story by far is the best that I have ever read. Lauren is to be lauded for presenting a personal account of his thoughts and experiences before, during, and after 12.7.41.”

Tom Bartlett
Brother of Paul Bartlett
USS Arizona Crew Member (KIA)




Only 1,000 autographed copies will be available.

Don't miss this opportunity to have a very special piece of American history. This special edition of Second to the Last to Leave is available to order as a $50 donation that is made directly to the Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation. 

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