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We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to identify and lay the MIAs from the USS Oklahoma to rest.
We are here to bring home 388 MIAs, 374 Sailors and 14 Marines killed on the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941.
Our government has made four attempts in the past to identify these remains and return them to their families for full military funerals.
As late as spring of 2013, the Navy and the Marine Corps were opposed to this action stating they should memorialize them where they are buried.
Starting in 2014, we created our project on behalf of the families to have these bodies exhumed, examined through the latest technology, identified, and sent home to their families. My wife, Mary Ann, sent in her DNA in 2010.
In early 2015, the director of the POW MIA promised us that these bodies would be exhumed, this was accomplished in the year 2015.
The first identifications were made in January 2016.
After a year and a half, approximately 100 have been identified.
Forensic genealogy has located over 80% of the relatives of these fallen forgotten heroes and has brought closure to the families for the ones that have been returned.
These MIAs have been on US soil for 75 years. The DPAA Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has taken on the project to get these MIAs home, and our mission, through public awareness and pressure on Congress and meetings with the DPAA, is to make sure that they don't quit again.
USS Oklahoma Remains Preservation Project