Memory and Sacrifice of USS Oklahoma Sailor Jack R. Goldwater Honored at Utah Memorial on Ford Island

The memory and sacrifice of Navy Radioman 3rd Class Jack R. Goldwater, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II will be honored onFRIDAY JUNE 7 at 10:30AM at the UTAH MEMORIAL on Ford Island.

Following the services his ashes will be scattered in Pearl Harbor. The public is invited and his family will be in attendance.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Navy Radioman 3rd Class Jack R. Goldwater, killed during World War II, was accounted for in March, 2018.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Goldwater was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Goldwater.

Only 35 of the dead Oklahoma crewmen were able to be identified immediately after the attack, which killed 2,402 in all and debilitated the U.S. Pacific Fleet for a time.

In 1947, after the Navy had spent nearly three years salvaging the Oklahoma, including pulling human remains from it and burying them, the American Graves Registration Service disinterred those remains but was unable to identify any new crewmen.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries. (Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA))

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Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,866 (approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Goldwater’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Not stopping with the Oklahoma…

The 388 sailors and Marines with the Oklahoma who were listed as unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are are among thousands of unknowns buried there, including some who also perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but since 2015, officials with the the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency have been working on a new policy to recover and identify remains of the unknown, relying on extensive research on family history, along with obtaining medical and dental records, and DNA technology, according to KHON2.

“We’re going to start with the USS Oklahoma, but we will also be looking at other unknown graves to determine if they are eligible for disinterment in the future,” Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan told KHON2.