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A Pearl Harbor victim will be buried.

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On Tuesday, the 21-year-old sailor whose bones were retrieved from Pearl Harbor will be buried.

The family of Herbert “Bert” Jacobson has waited a lifetime to celebrate the young man about whom they have only heard tales but who they have never really met.

Jacobson was among 400 sailors and Marines aboard the USS Oklahoma who died on December 7, 1941. His remains will lie in Arlington National Cemetery.

“This has sort of been an unsolved mystery and it brings us closure to finally know what happened to Bert, where he is,

And that he’s finally being put to rest after being classified as an unknown for so long,” said Bert’s nephew, Brad McDonald.

“It brings us closure to finally know what happened to Bert, where he is, and that he’s finally being put to rest.”

The memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery will be the latest chapter in the life story of the man from Grayslake, Illinois,

Whose family never had a corpse to bury when he died and whose search to identify hundreds of battleship men buried anonymously in Pearl Harbor paid off.

His family never had a body to bury when he was killed and his scientific quest to identify the battleship personnel was finally successful.

The battleship remained missing at sea for a period of two years before its remnants were discovered and it was refloated.

A number of years later, dental records were used in order to reopen the graves of troops who had passed while while serving on the Oklahoma.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu is called the Punchbowl. 27 unidentified bodies were reburied in this crater.


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