Ky. sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried Saturday | State – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-10-18 04:18:22 –

Smiths Grove, Kentucky (KT)-Kentucky sailors, who were killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and whose bodies were unknown for years, will be buried in their home state this Memorial Day weekend.

Navy Seaman 2 on December 7, 1941, according to Defense POW / MIA Accounting Office (DPAA)NS Class Howard S. Magers of the Merry Oaks community in Barren County was assigned to the USS Oklahoma battleship moored on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. USS Oklahoma was immediately capsized after being attacked by multiple torpedoes. The attack on the ship killed 429 crew members, including Magers.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the bodies of the deceased crew members and were subsequently buried in the Halawa and Nuuanu cemeteries in Hawaii.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying Americans who died at the Pacific Theater, members of the American Cemetery Registration Service (AGRS) unearthed the bodies of US casualties from two graveyards and centered on Schofield Barracks. Transferred to the Identification Laboratory. However, due to the technology available at the time, laboratory staff could only verify the identities of 35 men from USS Oklahoma.

The AGRS then buried an unidentified body in Honolulu’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or in the 46th section of the NMCP known as the Punchbowl. In October 1949, the Military Commission classified those who could not be identified as irreparable, including Magers.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel unearthed USS Oklahoma Unknown from the Punch Bowl for analysis.

To identify Magers’ bodies, DPAA scientists used dental and anthropological analyzes, and military coroner system scientists used two types of DNA analysis.

The name of the Magers is recorded on the missing wall of Punchbowl, along with others who went missing in World War II. A rosette is placed next to his name to indicate that he has been described.

He will be buried in Smiths Grove, Kentucky on Saturday, May 29th.

In honor of Magers, Governor Andy Beshear ordered the flags of all state buildings to be half-masted from sunrise to sunset on Saturday.

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