USS Oklahoma Twins Accounted For From World War II (Blitz, L. & Blitz, R.)

Release No: 19-081 May 24, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Leo Blitz, and U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class Rudolph Blitz, twins killed during World War II, were accounted for May 21, 2019.

(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Blitz’s were assigned to the battleship 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 Blitz twins.

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