Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pearl Harbor Victims to Be Exhumed

More than seventy years later, several hundred US sailors will finally get their individual burials.
The remains of nearly 400 US servicemen killed at Pearl Harbor are to be exhumed so they may be identified and given individual burials, the US says. 
The sailors and Marines were aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes in 1941. 
Their remains were buried together in Hawaii. The identification effort will use advances in forensic and DNA testing, US defence officials said.
It's good that scientific advances will allow the right thing to be done, even if belatedly. The article says that 429 bodies were recovered from the Oklahoma in 1942-44, but only 35 could be identified.

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