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Massachusetts seaman who died on Pearl Harbor to be buried

BOSTON – A sailor from Massachusetts who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 76 years ago will be buried with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery.

The funeral services for Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, of Everett, is scheduled for Wednesday.

Bean was the crew of the USS Oklahoma, which capsized after sustaining multiple torpedo hits during the surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Bean was one of 429 USS Oklahoma crew members who were killed.

The remains of many could not be identified and were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

The remains were excavated in 2015 and tested using modern DNA technology, not available in the 1940’s.

Bean was identified by comparing the DNA of living family members, dental comparisons and circumstantial evidence.

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