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Families Of Those Lost In Pearl Harbor Seek The Remains Of Their Loved Ones

May 26, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise military strike against the United States Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. All eight U.S. Navy battleships in the harbor sustained damage and four of them actually sank, resulting in the deaths of nearly 2,000 servicemen. Pearl Harbor still represents one of the worst attacks ever on American soil.

Since many of those deaths occurred in explosions over water, the remains of hundreds of soldiers were unidentifiable at the time and were buried in mass graves in Hawaii. For many grieving families, not knowing for sure where their loved ones were buried has been the source of a lot of discomfort. As this video shows, however, a new initiative by the Department of Defense is trying to use modern DNA technology to identify bodies and (hopefully) reunite them with their families.
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