R.I.P. Harold E. Bates your family will finally have closure.
A U.S. Navy serviceman who died on the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attack has been successfully identified. Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates has been identified using a combination of DNA, dental analysis, and anthropological analysis. His remains were exhumed as part of a multiple-years-long effort to identify bodies from Hawaiian cemeteries who were placed there after the events of Pearl Harbor.
The sinking of the USS Oklahoma
Bates was aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked the major naval base in 1941, an event that brought the USA into the war. Just 27 at the time, Bates was among 429 men who died on the Oklahoma when it sank.
The Nevada-class battleship was commissioned in 1916 and partook in protecting Allied ships crossing the Atlantic during WWI. In 1941, she was moored up in Pearl Harbor when she was struck by multiple torpedoes from Japanese aircraft, penetrating her hull and causing her to capsize in the harbor. She rotated until her mast touched the bottom of the harbor and her keel was exposed.