Fallen Nebraskan sailor from WWII accounted for

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Monday, deceased Navy Fireman 1st Class Denis H. Hiskett, 20, of Nebraska City was accounted for on February 17, 2021.

Hiskett worked on the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attacks.

The USS Oklahoma capsized and caused the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Hiskett.

From December 1941 to June 1944, the Navy recovered many of the deceased crew and buried the remains at the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

To identify the remains, The American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) transferred the unknown remains to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks in 1947.

AGRS only confirmed the identities of 35 men at the time.

The unidentified remains were buried at the National Memorial Cometary of the Pacific (NMCP) in 1949.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA removed the remains from NMCP to identify the rest of the fallen soldiers.

Scientists used dental and anthropological analysis to identify Hiskett and other soldiers.

A rosette is placed next to Hiskett’s name at NMCP to show he’s been accounted for. Hiskett will be buried in Mission Hills, Calif. on December 11, 2021.

 

 

 

 

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