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USS Oklahoma Brothers Accounted For From World War II (Palmer, C. & Palmer, W.)

Release No: 19-045 March 25, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — Navy brothers, Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer and Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, were accounted for on March 19, 2019.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the brothers were assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including the Palmers.

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

The Palmer brothers' names are recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to their names to indicate they have been accounted for.

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Calvin Palmer's personnel profile can be viewed at

Wilferd Palmer’s personnel profile can be viewed at

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