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Remains of Brooklyn sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

November 28, 2018 Associated Press Associated Press
** FILE ** In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. With an eye on the immediate aftermath of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of World War II veterans and other observers are expected on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the devastating Japanese military raid. (AP Photo)
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The remains of an American sailor from New York City who was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack nearly 77 years ago have been identified.

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Foley’s remains were accounted for earlier this year.

The Pentagon says the 18-year-old from Brooklyn was serving aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when Japanese planes attacked Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. The ship capsized after being hit by torpedoes, killing 429 crewmen, including Foley.

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The Navy spent the next three years recovering the remains of the deceased crew. Only 35 were later identified. The rest were reinterred in a national cemetery in Honolulu.

In 2015, the Pentagon began disinterring Oklahoma unknowns for identification.

The Pentagon says Foley’s remains were identified using DNA samples provided by his family.

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