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Walter Howard Backman
Birth: Apr. 29, 1919
Wilton
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

Walter was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His body was never recovered.

RM2c Walter H. Backman was on duty in the radio compartment of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) when it was hit by a great number of Japanese Type 91 aerial torpedoes. The Oklahoma capsized approximately 12 minutes after the first torpedo hit. According to a survivor from the USS West Virginia, which was anchored next to the Oklahoma: "Let me assure you that the radio compartment (where Walter worked) was immediately submerged and the men could not have lived more than a half-hour."

On May 25th, 1943, Walter was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Walter Howard Backman was the son of August Ferdinand Backman and Beatrice M. Pope.

RIP, cousin. You are truly a hero. I am so sad that I was never able to meet you.

Many thanks to NLColes for the photos of Walter's memorial and the location of his name! 
 
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 Parents:
  August Ferdinand Backman (1889 - 1948)
  Beatrice Pope Frae (1901 - 1990)
 
Burial:
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Walter's name is located on the Courts of the Missing, Court 5.
 
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Record added: May 15, 2009
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- Donna Choate Sigmon
 Added: Sep. 16, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
Rest in peace Sailor.
- Herbert Rickards
 Added: Jul. 22, 2014
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