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Minot brothers killed during Pearl Harbor raid accounted for

Wilferd D. Palmer, left, and Calvin H. Palmer. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency photos

WASHINGTON -- Two Minot, N.D., brothers killed during the attack of the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor in 1941 have been accounted for, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said on Monday, May 13.

Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer, 23, and Navy Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer, 21, were among 429 crew members who died during the Japanese raid.

“We are grateful that the Palmer brothers, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation at Pearl Harbor, have now been accounted for,” U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. “These brave brothers, who perished along with 427 others on the USS Oklahoma during the attacks on Pearl Harbor, remind us yet again of the bravery and sacrifices of our nation’s Greatest Generation.”

In 1947, hundreds of unidentifiable bodies were buried in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, the DPAA said. In 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

The remains of 72,729 are still unaccounted for from World War II, the DPAA said.

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