December 13, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121318)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Laid to rest after 77 years: Dozens of sailors who died on board USS Oklahoma during Pearl Harbor are FINALLY being laid to rest after their remains are identified through DNA tests

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

A long-awaited Pearl Harbor follow-up (HT Weasel Zippers):

PUBLISHED: 00:44 EST, 6 December 2018 | UPDATED: 20:49 EST, 6 December 2018

  • Nearly 80 years on from the attacks, soldiers who died are being returned home
  • 2,400 Americans died in surprise Japanese assault on December 7, 1941
  • A DNA breakthrough helps researches to distinguish between muddled remains
  • 186 sailors out of the 429 who died on the USS Oklahoma have now been identified
  • Funerals for each are being held all over the US on Pearl Harbor’s 77 anniversary

Seventy-seven years after the Japanese launched an infamous surprise assault on Pearl Harbor, members of the US military who died in attack are finally being laid to rest.

On December 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese fighter pilots descended on the US Naval base in Hawaii, and in less than two hours, 2,400 Americans had been killed in the devastating attack.

The tragedy at Pearl Harbor would mark the beginning of the US’ involvement in the Second World War, but only now, nearly eight decades on, are some of the families bereaved by disaster set to receive closure.

In 2015, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency exhumed nearly 400 sets of remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, after determining advances in forensic science and genealogical help from families could make identifications possible.

All of the remains examined were found on the USS Oklahoma, which capsized during the attack, and had been buried as unknowns after the war.

Altogether, 429 sailors and Marines on the Oklahoma were killed and, only 35 of them were identified in the years immediately after the attack.

The Oklahoma had the second-most casualties of the Pearl Harbor attack, with only the USS Arizona suffering more, losing 1,177 men.

As of earlier this month, the agency has identified 186 sailors and Marines from the Oklahoma who were previously unidentified.

Slowly, the remains are being sent to be reburied in places like Traer, Iowa, and Ontanogan, Michigan.

More of the once anonymous soldiers will be returning home for a proper burial this Friday (December 7). …

Go here for the rest of the story, including descriptions of some whose remains have now been identified.