WHITEWATER, Kan. (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Navy seaman who died while aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attacks on Pearl Harbor has finally been laid to rest in his hometown of Kansas after nearly 75 years.
Lewis Lowell Wagoner was only 20 years old when the attack happened. The Navy seaman second class was one of nearly 430 men who died after nine Japanese torpedoes hit the Oklahoma, which Wagoner had been assigned to. The battleship capsized and trapped hundreds of men who were unable to climb out.
Thirty-two men were rescued, but the remaining 429 men were killed and largely buried as "unknowns" at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Last year, many of those remains were disinterred for modern DNA testing. Wagoner and roughly 30 others were among those recently identified.
Wagoner was buried beside his brothers in Whitewater.