The remains of a Navy serviceman from Klamath Falls who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor have been recovered and identified, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
The agency identified the remains of Warren C. Gillette, a 21-year-old Navy Seaman 1st Class, who served on the battleship USS Oklahoma at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Gillette was on the ship on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 deaths, including Gillette.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the crew, which were then interred in the Halawa and Nuuanu cemeteries.
In September 1947, members of the American Graves Registration Service transferred the remains to a laboratory on Oahu. The lab was able to identify 35 crewmembers from the Oklahoma. The unidentified remains, including Gillette’s, were then buried in plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.
In October 1949, a military board classified the unidentified remains, including Gillette’s, as nonrecoverable.
To identify Gillette’s remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2015 examined the remains using anthropological analysis.
In addition, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA analysis.
Gillette will be buried on July 12 in Eagle Point, Oregon.