I recently came across this article about Fireman 3rd Class Harold Kendall, who was killed on the West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Like so many others that day, Kendall’s body was never found and successfully identified. Until recently, when researchers used “DNA, anthropological, and other examinations” to identify his remains. Although he was previously interred in an empty casket in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, this discovery made it possible for his family to give him a proper burial in Clayton, New Jersey, his hometown.
It’s a great article . . . and a reminder that hundreds of sailors, Marines, and other victims were never found, identified, and sent back to their families. Nearly 900 remain entombed in the Arizona alone.
Do you have any memories you’d like to share of Pearl Harbor victims, survivors, or their families? Please leave a comment!