Remembering Joseph Iscovitz — one of few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors

Elizabeth Howe
July 11, 2019 - 9:17 am
Joseph Iscovitz during WWII

Photo courtesy of Doug Iscovitz

Joseph Iscovitz was one of the few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors. He passed away at 103 years old on Tuesday. 

Iscovitz was 25 years old and serving as an Army Air Corps sergeant at Fort Shafter on Dec. 7, 1944. 

“He could see the faces of the Japanese pilots,” Iscovitz's son Doug Iscovitz told the Sun Sentinel. "Everybody was scared."

But it wasn't until he was much older that Iscovitz shared these experiences with his sons. 

Joseph Iscovitz at Fort Shafter
Photo courtesy of Doug Iscovitz

"When we were young, we didn't even know he served in Pearl Harbor," Doug Iscovitz said. "He felt that it was the people that did not survive that were the real heroes. The people that came back were lucky."

Iscovitz worked in security and as a bridge tender in his years after the war, raising his four sons with wife Diane Lewis who passed away in 2000. He was also very active as a Pearl Harbor survivor — joining organizations and traveling to hospitals to visit patients.

“He loved the service. He loved his family. He loved his country. He had a great life," Doug Iscovitz said. 

Joseph Iscovitz will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on an undetermined date with full formal military uniform and medals.

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