The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Signalman 3rd Class Austin H. Hesler, 21, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 24, 2021.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Hesler 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 Hesler.
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Hesler’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLkEAK.