Honolulu, Hawaii 2020-10-13 08:18:18 –
Detroit — The body of a top Detroit Navy sailor who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II was explained, a Pentagon agency announced Thursday.
Edward Wasilevsky, a 21-year-old naval sailor who died on December 7, 1941, was confirmed to be attacked on May 15, the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Office said.
Wasilevsky was assigned to the USS Oklahoma battleship moored on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor when attacked by a Japanese aircraft.
USS Oklahoma was hit by multiple torpedo attacks and quickly capsized, killing 429 crew members, including Wasilevsky.
Navy personnel worked from December 1941 to June 1944 to retrieve the remains of the crew. Officials said the remains were housed in Halawa and Nuuanu Cemeteries in Hawaii.
Members of the American Cemetery Registration Service were tasked with retrieving and identifying some members in September 1947. The group dismantled the bodies of US victims from two graveyards and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Laboratory staff could only confirm the identities of 35 men from USS Oklahoma. AGRS then buried an unidentified body in 46 sections of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as Honolulu’s Punchbowl. In October 1949, the Military Commission classified those who could not be identified as irreparable, including Wasilevsky.
Authorities were able to re-examine the unknown body between June and November 2015 and identify Wasilevsky, noting that important evidence and his name were recorded in court records. It was.
Wasilevsky will be buried in San Diego on February 21, officials said.
“DPAA is grateful that the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Ministry of the Navy have cooperated with this mission,” officials said in a statement. “For family and funeral information, please contact the Navy Casualty Office (800) 443-9298.”