US To Exhume Remains Of Pearl Harbor’s Dead For Identification

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The remains of nearly 400 US servicemen killed at Pearl Harbor are to be exhumed so they may be identified and given individual burials, the US says. BBC has more:

The sailors and Marines were aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes in 1941. Their remains were buried together in Hawaii. The identification effort will use advances in forensic and DNA testing, US defence officials said.

Japan’s attack on the US base at Pearl Harbor drew the US into World War Two.

The Oklahoma was one of several warships targeted by Japanese submarines and aircraft in the surprise assault on 7 December 1941. More than 2,400 people were killed.

US department of defence officials said the identification effort would be aided by advances in forensic science and technology, as well as by genealogical help from family members.

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