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Why are remains from Pearl Harbor still being identified?

WHEN THE REMAINS OF U.S. NAVY SAILOR Victor Patrick “Pat” Tumlinson are buried on Dec. 7 in his hometown of Raymondville, Texas, 78 years will have passed since he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Tumlinson, just 19, and 428 others when it was sunk in the surprise attack, which killed 2,403 American personnel, sank or damaged 21 ships, and resulted in the U.S. entry into World War II. And of the people killed at Pearl Harbor, the remains of more than 1,300 are still classified as unidentified.

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