Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack going home after 69 years

Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack going home after 69 years

HONOLULU (AP) - The military says it's identified the remains of a sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The Pentagon said Friday US Navy Fireman Third Class Gerald G. Lehman of Hancock, Michigan was among 429 sailors and Marines who died when Japanese planes sank the USS Oklahoma. The military identified 36 of the Oklahoma's dead, but Lehman was among the hundreds buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command exhumed Lehman's casket after an independent researcher said he had information indicating the remains could be identified. Officials used dental comparisons and mitochondrial DNA analysis to make their determination.

Lehman is due to be buried in Hancock on Saturday.

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