Press Release | Oct. 12, 2021

USS California Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Turk, P.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Pete Turk, 20, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 1, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Turk was assigned to the battleship USS California, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS California sustained multiple torpedo and bomb hits, which caused it catch fire and slowly flood. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 104 crewmen, including Turk.

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Turk’s personnel profile can be viewed at