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DNA analysis identifies Minnesota man killed at Pearl Harbor

MINNEAPOLIS – The remains of a Minnesota sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 finally back to his hometown.

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon I. C. Iverson will receive a full-honors military funeral Saturday in Emmons, a small town along the Minnesota-Iowa border, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

Iverson died at the age of 24 on board the USS Oklahoma, which is anchored at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The ship was hit by torpedoes and capsized, which led to almost 430 deaths.

Iverson’s remains were buried, unidentified, for more than 74 years at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. But in 2015, the deputy minister of defence, ordered the disinterment of not-remains associated with the USS Oklahoma.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency analysed. Scientists DNA analysis, circumstantial evidence and dental comparisons to identify Iverson.

“This is a tremendous honor for us,” said Captain Nathaniel Strandquist, commander of the Navy Operations Support Center in Minneapolis. “Service to you and our fallen shipmates who have served honorably, and to assist in the closing of their family is one of the most important tasks that we do here.”

The funeral will be held at his family plot at a cemetery in Emmons.

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Information from: the St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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