Press Release | June 4, 2019

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Keil, R.)

WASHINGTON  –   Navy Seaman 1st Class Ralph H. Keil, killed during World War II, was accounted for Feb. 4, 2019.

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

On Dec. 7, 1941, Keil was 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 Keil.

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