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US government ending project to identify those killed on USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor

Joe Mazan
Updated: December 07, 2021 06:46 PM
Created: December 07, 2021 05:47 PM

Tuesday marks 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. 

Over the years, many military members killed aboard the USS Oklahoma have been identified through DNA testing. 

Now the government has ended the Oklahoma Project, which started six years ago.

The remains of 355 sailors and Marines were identified, but 33 crew members could not be. 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Lloyd Timm died at the age of 19 on the Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Timm remained missing in action for nearly eight decades until he was identified through the project by his family's DNA 

"I feel sorry for the people that still have relatives that couldn't be identified," Lloyd Ness, Timm's nephew said. "I don't think anybody ever thought that this would happen. In fact, I would go as far as to say that no one even thought it was possible." 

According to the Pentagon, those remains that couldn't be identified will be reinterred in Hawaii. 

Scientists working on the project said that, as technology continues to improve, it may be possible to identify the rest at some future point.


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