PFC Robert Kimball Holmes

PFC Robert Kimball Holmes

Birth
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 19)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 190587836 · View Source
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Killed in action at Pearl Harbor
USMC
284571
Marine detachment USS Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2018 — Marine Corps Pfc. Robert K. Holmes, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, was accounted for on May 9, 2018.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Holmes was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Holmes.

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Holmes’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Originally interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu as an "unknown"

Remains identified in 2018

Will be reinterred in August of 2018

"Killed in action at Pearl Harbor, USMC, 284571
Marine detachment USS Oklahoma"

Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Robert K. Holmes, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) in World War II, were accounted for on May 9, 2018. On Dec. 7, 1941, PFC Holmes was assigned to the Marine Detachment (MarDet) aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Holmes. His name is permanently inscribed in the “Courts of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial.
PFC Robert Kimball Holmes
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
1941-1942. Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948. Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949. Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017. Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2018. Identified and accounted for on 9 May
Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah (20 August 2018)
DPAA Announcement (26 July 2018)
Obituary (The Deseret News)



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  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 14 Jun 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 190587836
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Robert Kimball Holmes (8 May 1922–7 Dec 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 190587836, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .