Navymen from Minot killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified

Published: May. 13, 2019 at 10:14 AM CDT
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Two Navy seaman and brothers from Minot who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, have been accounted for.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that 23-year-old Navy Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer and 21-year-old Navy Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd Palmer, both of Minot, were accounted for.

The brothers were assigned to the USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The Palmers brothers were among the 429 crew members killed in the attack.

The men were initially interred in cemeteries in Hawaii. In 1947 scientists identified the remains of 35 victims of the attack, but not the brothers, and they were among those identified as ‘non-recoverable.’

In 2015, new efforts using modern DNA testing began the process to formally identify the brothers.

The men’s identities were announced on March 25, 2019.


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