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Old 11-01-2018, 09:02 AM
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Arrow Pearl Harbor victimís remains going home to Iowa for burial

Pearl Harbor victimís remains going home to Iowa for burial
By: The Associated Press 11-1-18 21 min. ago

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Navy Carpenterís Mate 3rd Class William L. Kvidera, 22, of Traer, Iowa, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when the ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

TRAER, Iowa ó The remains of an Iowa sailor killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, officials say.

The remains of 22-year-old William Kvidera, of Traer, will be buried Nov. 16, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Kvidera was a carpenterís mate 3rd class assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. The battleship quickly capsized on Dec. 7, 1941, after being struck by multiple Japanese torpedoes.

He was one of 429 crewman who died as a result of the attack on the Oklahoma, according to Defense Department records.

His remains were among those not identified after their recovery. They were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

The agency says the remains were removed from the cemetery in April 2015 and identified through DNA and dental analysis and other evidence. He was listed as accounted for on July 3 this year.

Kvideraís name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl in Hawaii, along with the others who are missing from World War II, according to DoD websites. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Welcome Home Mate - may you now rest in peace at home with your family.


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