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(Yahoo)   Ninety-one-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor spends more than 20 years lobbying government to exhume bodies of unidentified soldiers in hopes of identifying them. Will be formally honored by Navy and NPS for his efforts on 71st anniversary of attack   ( divider line
    More: Hero, Pearl Harbor, National Park Service, navy, USS Arizona, forensic sciences, forensic scientists, soldiers, American Legion  
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2012-12-07 01:15:00 AM  
My uncle was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

His only comment was that all they could do was stack the bodies.

He served in the pacific and was injured. My other uncle served as a mechanic in the Marines...island hopping.
2012-12-07 02:44:50 AM  
my neighbor who is 88, was an MP in california in 1943. can i be as cool as Darth_Lukecash?

my great uncles were both flying fortress mechanics. i have an original b-17 manual.

/my dad can beat up your dad
2012-12-07 02:48:08 AM  
The Navy's 1941 burial records noted one body, burned and floating in the harbor, was found wearing shorts with the name "Livingston." Only two men named Livingston were assigned to Pearl Harbor at the time, and one of the two was accounted for. Emory suspected the body was the other Livingston.

That's some fine investigating there, Lou.

Darth_Lukecash: My other uncle served as a mechanic in the Marines...island hopping.

My great-grandpa captained a ship in an amphibious task force, including the hit on Midway. He might've given your uncle a ride.
2012-12-07 02:49:12 AM  
the US has went downhill since.
2012-12-07 02:58:37 AM  
Half Mast, all day, us it always is. F you Tojo
2012-12-07 03:00:55 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: the US has went downhill since.

The education system certainly has done did.
2012-12-07 03:41:45 AM  
If it's any consolation, we just had a big earthquake here in Japan.
2012-12-07 05:16:12 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: My other uncle served as a mechanic in the Marines...island hopping.

Were his initials "T.C." by any chance?
2012-12-07 05:19:54 AM  
Following paper trail, that's cool

Exhuming graves, that's a bit much. Praying near your dead doesn't somehow work better than praying over them over a gravestone. What if families that found solace with the gravestone are startled to find that that's not their son, and the graveyard is in a shambles and they suddenly don't know where their son is at all.(or grandfather, whatever).

Sometimes the correctness just isn't worth the upset. Let people mourn peacably, let those that found closure keep it.
2012-12-07 05:41:46 AM  
God bless you, Ray Emory.
2012-12-07 05:42:53 AM  
well good on you, man

mom's dad enlisted the next day

wish he was still around

oh, i could tell you people stories about that guy
2012-12-07 05:44:30 AM  

dervish16108: Darth_Lukecash: My other uncle served as a mechanic in the Marines...island hopping.

Were his initials "T.C." by any chance?

Naw, it was J.L. Don't think he saw any action.
2012-12-07 07:52:25 AM  
Out of curiosity, subby, exactly how many soldiers remain unidentified? Given that only about 200 of the casualties were soldiers to begin with.
2012-12-07 10:15:50 AM  
My grandfather got conscripted by the Japanese to go to Hainan. : /
2012-12-07 10:50:55 AM  
One of my Great Uncles was assigned to the USS Oklahoma. He got oil in his lungs, and other injuries, from the Pearl Harbor attack. He was on disability the rest of his life and passed away in 1956 before I was born. My grandparents always told me that he died early from complications with his lungs. I wish I could of met him.

/His brother, my Grandfather, joined the Army Air Corps and flew B-17s
//I have his wings

end of CSB

///Pray for the souls of the departed, pray for our nation, and remember Pearl Harbor.
2012-12-07 06:10:16 PM  
If only there were some sort of mixed drink with which we could toast him...
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