LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The remains of a recent Kentucky sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 76 years ago, will be buried with full military honors.
A statement from the Ministry of Defense says the 35-year-old Navy Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder’s remains be laid to rest Saturday in Louisville. Crowder cousin said the fallen sailor will be buried next to his mother.
Crowder was one of 429 crewmen on the USS Oklahoma, which died when it was hit with torpedoes and capsized on Dec. 7, 1941. The Navy could not identify most of the remains that were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
The unidentified remains were excavated in 2015. Crowder was identified in August by matching DNA with family, dental comparisons and circumstantial evidence.