USS Oklahoma Marine Accounted For From World War II (Middleswart, J.)

Release No: 21-012 Feb. 4, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Middleswart, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2021, as the 300th identification from the USS Oklahoma Project.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Middleswart 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 Middleswart.

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Middleswart’s personnel profile can be viewed at