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   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

07 Dec 2012 02:20 AM   |   2170 clicks   |   Yahoo
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Darth_Lukecash    [TotalFark]  
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.

07 Dec 2012 01:15 AM
What_Would_Jimi_Do     
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

07 Dec 2012 02:44 AM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  
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.

07 Dec 2012 02:48 AM
What_Would_Jimi_Do     
the US has went downhill since.

07 Dec 2012 02:49 AM
alienated     
Half Mast, all day, us it always is. F you Tojo

07 Dec 2012 02:58 AM
BATMANATEE     

What_Would_Jimi_Do: the US has went downhill since.


The education system certainly has done did.

07 Dec 2012 03:00 AM
doglover    [TotalFark]  
If it's any consolation, we just had a big earthquake here in Japan.

07 Dec 2012 03:41 AM
dervish16108     

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


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

07 Dec 2012 05:16 AM
omeganuepsilon    [TotalFark]  
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.

07 Dec 2012 05:19 AM
moparedtn     
God bless you, Ray Emory.

07 Dec 2012 05:41 AM
Omahawg     
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

07 Dec 2012 05:42 AM
Darth_Lukecash    [TotalFark]  

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.

07 Dec 2012 05:44 AM
ChubbyTiger     
Out of curiosity, subby, exactly how many soldiers remain unidentified? Given that only about 200 of the casualties were soldiers to begin with.

07 Dec 2012 07:52 AM
Blackbird     
My grandfather got conscripted by the Japanese to go to Hainan. : /

07 Dec 2012 10:15 AM
Zulthar     
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.

07 Dec 2012 10:50 AM
2DShooter     
If only there were some sort of mixed drink with which we could toast him...

07 Dec 2012 06:10 PM
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