USS West Virginia Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Barnett, W.)

Release No: 20-117 Oct. 19, 2020 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fireman 3rd Class William L. Barnett, 21, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 14, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Barnett was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits, but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Barnett.

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Barnett’s personnel profile can be viewed at