Friday 20 July 2018

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbour to be reburied 76 years after death

The USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour 76 years ago (AP Photo, File)
The USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour 76 years ago (AP Photo, File)

An American sailor who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour 76 years ago is to be buried with full military honours.

The funeral service for Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, of Everett, Massachusetts is scheduled to take place at the at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Bean was on the crew of the USS Oklahoma, which capsized after sustaining multiple torpedo hits during the surprise attack on December 7, 1941.

He was one of 429 USS Oklahoma crewmen who were killed in the attack.

The remains of many could not be identified and were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

These were exhumed in 2015 and tested using modern DNA technology which was not available in the 1940s.

Bean was identified by comparing DNA with living relatives, dental comparisons and circumstantial evidence.

AP

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