We are always in need of volunteers. We accept monetary donations as well as donations of time. We are a passionate group who are heavily invested in seeing this project through until all 388 remains have been identified and returned to their families. We are in need of people of all talents - grant writing, fundraising, marketing campaigns, event and project sponsorships and much more!


USS Oklahoma Remains Preservation Project

For 8 years, we have been supporting the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) project to exhume and identify unknowns from the USS Oklahoma. We have a severe need to continue supporting the project and thus, the USS Oklahoma Remains Preservation Project was born. We need your help now, more than ever. This project has finally received the visibility it needs to continue and we must continue to push forward and identify all of the MIAs from the attack on Pearl Harbor. We won't give up. We need your support and you can make a difference. Please consider supporting our historic cause.


Robert F Burkey

Walter Malippa

Robert Hoy



Meet Our Board



  • 9/8 - DPAA Meeting - Philadelphia, PA​
  • 9/29 - Homecoming for Heroes sponsored by Street Track and Trail Honda dealership - Facebook.com/STNTinc - Meadville, PA
  • 11/16 - 11/17 - Veterans Service Commission State Convention of Ohio - Dublin, OH - Speaker and Exhibit
  • 11/19 - Mahoning Shenango Valley Military Officers Assn of America - Youngstown Air Reserve Station - Vienna, OH - Speaker
  • 12/7 - Pearl Harbor and Beyond - ​featured presentation​ - Kent State Trumbull auditorium

2018 events


 As of August 2017,aprox 100 of 388 MIA's have been identified. 

Join Us

AMVETS - Past National Cmdr. JP Brown *AMVETS - Ohio Foundation *Ernie Hall Aviation Museum - Bill Griffin, Director, Warren, Ohio *Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission Warren, Ohio *D A V Trumbull County Chapter 11 Warren, Ohio *VFW Post 1090 Warren, Ohio *Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council Vienna, Ohio *Rotary Club of Warren Ohio *Rotary Club of Howland Ohio *Harley-Davidson Biketown Austintown, Ohio *Kent State University - Professor James Canacci, Technical Writer in Champion, Ohio *Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 606 Warren, Ohio *Daughters of the American Revolution - Elaine R Reiter in Salem, Ohio *Sons of the American Revolution, John Gilbert in Salem, Ohio *Daughters of the American Revolution - Jenny Simpson in Minerva, Ohio *Trumbull County Sheriff's Office, Dep Deanna Williams, Niles, OH Kiwanis Club, Proud American Military Veteran Breakfast Club, Loveland, CO  

  • Create, print and distribute informational pamphlets
  • Attend family update meetings sponsored by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)
  • Assist families with genealogy and to locate records of their MIA
  • We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
  • Monitor disinterment, identifying progress to keep families informed by creating newsletters and status updates


help us continue our efforts


We have made significant progress with the announcement of the Navy's change to DPAA plans to exhume and work to identify the MIAs.  Now is the time to keep the momentum going and we could use all of the help we can get. Please consider volunteering your time.

  • 5/5 - Veterans Service Day exhibit - Carnation City Mall - Alliance, OH - 10AM to 2PM
  • ​​5/19 - DPAA Meeting - Louisville, KY
  • 5/31 - Niles Ohio Rotary Club - Guest Speaker
  • 7/10 - 7/15 - Trumbull County Fair - hosted by Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 606
  • 8/5 - Ernie Hall Aviation Museum Wings n Wheels - SLOAS Airfield - Warren, OH
  • 8/29 through 9/3 - Canfield Fair exhibit - Canfield, OH


join us

  • 9/16 - American Legion Inaugural Poker Run, Weld and Larimer County Motorcycle Clubs in Loveland, Colorado
  • 9/20 - Kiwanis Club Luncheon Speaker in Niles, OH
  • 10/3 - Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting Speaker in Minerva, Ohio
  • ​11/27 - Trumbull County League of Women Voters meeting speaker
  • 12/7 - Remembering Pearl Harbor Day - Salem Historical Society - 2-3 PM
  • Pearl Harbor and Beyond - Kent State Trumbull - 6-7:30 PM in KSU Theater.

Mary Ann Ryther



Won't give up

Stay Connected

Contact us: ussbb37@gmail.com 

2017 events

  • 3/2 - Republican Women's Club - Luncheon Speaker - Warren, OH
  • 4/17 - Rotary Club - Luncheon Speaker - Howland, OH
  • 5/20 - Family meeting with the Department of Defense - Syracuse, NY
  • 8/6 - Ernie Hall Aviation Museum, Wings and Wheels annual event - Warren, OH*
  • 9/2 - Proud American Veterans Breakfast Club Speaker in Loveland, Colorado
  • 9/9 - Family meeting with the Department of Defense - Detroit, Michigan


Our Story 

We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission  to  identify and lay  the MIAs from the USS Oklahoma to rest.

*Thanks again to the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum for hosting our exhibit on August 5, 2019. Visit their website for details on the 6th annual Wings-n-Wheels event: erniehallaviationmuseum.org

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Caitlin Heidrick

Board Member


Ohio Executive 

Director, Regis

M Grimm

The purposes of the project include providing funds to raise awareness to the general public and return the remains of the Sailors and Marines lost on December 7, 1941 with the sinking of the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.  Make sure the government is using the latest DNA technologies to identify them and return them home to their families for proper burial.