USS Oklahoma Marine Accounted For From World War II (Tranbarger, O.)

Release No: 19-237 Dec. 5, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Orval A. Tranbarger, 20, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 18, 2019.

(This official DoD release will be updated following the next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tranbarger 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 Tranbarger.

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Tranbarger’s personnel profile can be viewed at