USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Kesler, D.)
By DPAA Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2019 —
Baker 2nd Class David L. Kesler, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 17, 2019.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Kesler 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 Kesler.
DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this recovery.
Kesler'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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Kesler’s personnel profile can be viewed at