December 15, 2005

Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The remains of a U.S. Navy seaman,
killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7,
1941, and since dug up twice, have been identified and will be
returned to his family for burial, the Pentagon said on

Seaman 2nd Class Warren Hickock of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was
assigned to the mine-laying ship USS Sicard at the time but was
believed to have been killed while doing temporary duty aboard
the ill-fated battleship USS Pennsylvania.

In the days following the attack, burial details interred
many of the unknown dead in a cemetery on the island of Oahu.
Among those were an unknown sailor identified only as X-2.

After the war, the Army Graves Registration Service oversaw
the disinterment of unknown remains, including X-2. They could
not be identified, and were reburied in 1949 in Section E,
Grave 731, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific,
known as the Punchbowl.

In 2004, a historian contacted the Joint POW/MIA Accounting
Command in Hawaii and suggested that remains in Grave 731 might
be those of Hickock. The remains were again exhumed in June of
this year and forensic experts identified dental and other
remains as those of Hickock from his detailed medical and
dental records.

Seventy-eight thousand U.S. troops remain missing from
World War Two.