AP file photo The capsized battleship USS Oklahoma is lifted out of the water at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on May 24, 1943. HONOLULU (AP) — The military has identified 100 sailors and marines killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago, officials said Friday.
The milestone comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up nearly 400 sets of remains from a Hawaii cemetery.
Officials exhumed the bodies after determining that advances in forensic science and genealogical help from families could make identifications possible. The buried marines and sailors have been classified as missing since World War II.
The agency has said it expects to identify about 80 percent of the battleship’s missing crew members by 2020.
The most recent identification came in the past week, the agency said in a news release. The family hasn’t been notified yet, however, so his name hasn’t been released.
Many of those identified have been buried in their hometowns. Others were reinterred at the National Memorial Cemetery in the Pacific, which is located in an extinct volcanic crater in Honolulu.
One reburial is planned for this week: Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean of Everett, Mass., will be buried Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery. Bean was 27 when he was killed.
Altogether, 429 people on board the battleship were killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing that plunged the United States into World War II.