NewsBlack Sailor IDed 80 Years After Death During Pearl Harbor Attack

Black Sailor IDed 80 Years After Death During Pearl Harbor Attack

David Walker will be laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery.

DNA analysis helped the United States Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identify the remains of David Walker, a Black 19-year-old sailor from Virginia who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. 

As CNN reports, Walker was aboard the USS California, the battleship Japanese pilots attacked during World War II. The agency said in a press release that Walker was serving as a Mess Attendant 3rd Class when he was killed during the attack. 

Following the attack, the U.S. Navy recovered the bodies and remains of the crew, who were later buried in Hawaii. Walker’s remains, according to the release, were recently identified by the use of anthropological and dental analysis in addition to the use of mitochondrial DNA analysis. 

Walker’s name has now been recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), when a soldier is accounted for, a rosette marks the names of those identified and accounted for. 

According to the ABMC, “The Memorial sits in what is known locally as the Punchbowl Crater. It was once a volcano symbol of earthly violence. Now it is a quiet place of contemplation. It honors Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the raging fires of three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.”

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Source: Black Enterprise


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