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Vet Killed at Pearl Harbor Finally Getting Burial He's Due

Remains of Vernon Luke have been identified after 70 years

(Newser) - The US military plans to bury a sailor from the USS Oklahoma whose remains were unidentified for more than 70 years after he died in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Machinist's Mate 1st Class Vernon Luke of Green Bay will be buried will full military honors at a veterans... More »

In a Nebraska Lab, an Effort to ID Pearl Harbor's Unknowns

429 lost their lives aboard the USS Oklahoma; most remain unidentified

(Newser) - "The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son ... is missing following action in the performance of his duty." So read a telegram sent to the family of a young sailor aboard the USS Oklahoma, and likely hundreds more like it. Exactly 74 years ago today,... More »

Survivors Gather for Pearl Harbor Anniversary

But it's getting harder for elderly vets to make it to Hawaii

(Newser) - Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack that launched the United States into World War II attended yesterday's 73rd anniversary ceremony with the help of canes, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters. Wearing purple orchid lei, about 100 Pearl Harbor and World War II survivors attended the ceremony overlooking a memorial... More »

Pearl Harbor Remains IDed, Then Buried as Unknowns

Now families want 4 caskets exhumed

(Newser) - The remains of 27 sailors killed at Pearl Harbor were identified through dental records in 1949, but instead of being returned to their families, the remains were placed in five caskets and buried as unknown soldiers at the Hawaiian cemetery known as "Punchbowl." "They didn't have... More »

71 Years Later, 'Graphic' Pearl Harbor Account Published

Reporter Betty McIntosh's blunt description was squashed by editors

(Newser) - In 1941, Betty McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and she wrote her account of the days following the Dec. 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But the paper, deciding it was too graphic, never ran it; 71 years later, the Washington Post publishes it for the first... More »

Reviled Japanese Admiral Hoped to Avoid War With US

Isoroku Yamamoto attacked Pearl Harbor after losing that argument

(Newser) - Isoroku Yamamoto was once one of the most reviled men in America, and no wonder: He was the Japanese admiral who devised and carried out the attack on Pearl Harbor. But author Ian W. Toll uses the 70th anniversary to point out that before the attack, Yamamoto led the debate... More »

Pearl Harbor Veterans Return to Rest in Peace

Some vets choosing to be interred among old shipmates

(Newser) - As the US prepares to mark 70 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, some servicemen who survived the attack have returned to the site permanently. The ashes of Lee Soucy, who died last year at the age of 90, have been interred in the USS Utah with the... More »

Skull Discovered in Pearl Harbor

Experts certain it's not Hawaiian, may be Japanese

(Newser) - Forensic scientists are conducting tests on a skull unearthed at the bottom of Pearl Harbor to determine if it is that of a Japanese pilot who died in the historic attack on Dec. 7, 1941. An excavation crew dredging the harbor recently made the startling discovery; after early analysis, an... More »

Pearl Harbor Submarine Mystery Solved

Mini-sub that sank USS Oklahoma comes to light

(Newser) - A Japanese mini-sub believed to have played a crucial role in the battle of Pearl Harbor has been found. The mini-sub was one of five deployed during the 1941 attack from larger “mother” submarines, University of Hawaii researchers say. The other four have already been found, but the fifth... More »

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