Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified, be reburied

Sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial
In this Wednesday, June 3, 2015, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Repairs to the damaged dock have been taking longer than expected, which will delay the reopening of the Pearl Harbor landmark at least a day, the navy and National Park Service said Wednesday. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/U.S. Navy via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military plans to bury a sailor from the USS Oklahoma whose remains were unidentified for more than 70 years after he died in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Navy said Monday Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Vernon Luke of Green Bay, Wisconsin will be buried will full military honors at a veterans cemetery in Honolulu.

The 43-year-old was killed in action on Dec. 7, 1941. His funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is scheduled for Wednesday.

Luke was among nearly 400 sailors and Marines from the Oklahoma who were buried as “unknowns.”

The military exhumed the servicemen last year, saying advances in forensic science and technology had improved their ability to identify them.

Luke is the first to be reburied in Honolulu after identification. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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