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News 2 | April 18, 2022

Unknown war dead identified 80 years after their deaths (via Nebraska Public Media)

The USS Oklahoma was docked at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The massive battleship capsized quickly after Japanese torpedoes hit. 429 sailors and Marines on board died that day. The mostly unidentified and unidentifiable remains that were recovered from the wreckage were moved to mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Until 2015, when the remains were brought to the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency at Offutt Air Force Base. This government agency works to identify more than 80,000 U.S. service members considered missing from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts.