USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Sampson, K.)

By DPAA Public Affairs

Navy Seaman 1st Class Kenneth H. Sampson, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 16, 2018.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Sampson 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 Sampson.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this recovery.

Sampson's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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