Remains of sailor killed aboard USS Oklahoma 79 years ago identified

Photo credit Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

The remains of a sailor who was killed while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, have been identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

According to the DPAA, Navy Mess Attendant 3rd Class Isaac Parker, 17, of Woodson, Arkansas, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Parker.


From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns for analysis. Scientists used dental, anthropological and DNA analysis to identify Parker’s remains.

He will be buried on June 8 in St. Louis.

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