"Most WWII vets didn't talk about their military careers while they were raising a family and paying off the mortgage and getting jobs," said Middlesworth. "And now the grandchildren are involved."
There are approximately 3.2 million WWII veterans still alive, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The department estimates that on average, nearly a thousand of those veterans are dying every day.
For Pearl Harbor historians like Daniel Martinez, the National Park Service historian at the USS Arizona Memorial, a living historical resource is disappearing before our very eyes.
"It's sad because we've come to know them and we've come to look forward to seeing them," Martinez said. "They're old friends."
The USS Arizona Memorial is a place where Pearl Harbor survivors still volunteer and often get requests for autographs from the 1.5 million visitors who come every year.
At his age, Stratton knows this could be his last visit to the site where so many shipmates are still entombed underwater. But, he says, don't count him out yet.
"If the good Lord keeps me around another five years," he said, "I'll probably be back."
ABC News' Derick Yanehiro contributed to this report.