Ray Chavez, the oldest veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, died at the age of 106. Chavez died in his sleep in his hometown of San Diego, reports his family.

Chavez was born in 1912 in San Bernardino in the US state of California. He served in the army on a minesweeper and a transport ship 77 years ago.

During the Second World War, the man was stationed at the Pearl Harbor naval base during the attack of the Japanese in 1941. He regularly attended memorial meetings. Earlier this year, he went to visit US President Donald Trump.

“We regret to learn that the oldest living Pearl Harbor veteran, Ray Chavez, died at the age of 106,” the White House reacts via Twitter. “We were honored to receive him in the White House earlier this year, thanks for your services to our beautiful country, Ray!”