SN Edward Wasielewski

SN Edward Wasielewski

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 21)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot SECTION P SITE 153
Memorial ID 206488494 · View Source
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SEA1 US NAVY
WORLD WAR II

DETROIT — Officials have accounted for the remains of a sailor from Detroit who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The remains of Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski were identified May 15, the Department of Defense said.
They will be buried Feb. 21 in San Diego.
Wasielewski was 21 and assigned to the battleship Oklahoma when he died in the Dec. 7, 1941 aerial attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii. More than 400 of the battleship’s crew were killed.
It took several years to recover and bury the remains. The military identified 35 of them in 1947, but new forensic technology became available in 2015 and other remains were tested.
In total, more than 2,300 U.S. troops stationed at Pearl Harbor lost their lives during the attack which led to the United States entry into World War II.
(www.navytimes.com)

WASHINGTON — Seventy-eight years after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the remains of a Detroit seaman aboard the USS Oklahoma have been identified.
The Defense Department put out a statement Thursday formally notifying the public that the remains of Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski have been accounted for and will be buried in San Diego on Feb. 21.
Wasielewski was 21 at the time of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and was aboard the battleship moored at Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. After multiple torpedo strikes, the Oklahoma capsized and 429 crew members, including Wasielewski, were killed.
After the attack, the remains of the crew members who died were initially interred at cemeteries in Hawaii. After World War II ended, the remains were disinterred in an attempt to identify them individually but only 35 were identified at that time.
The rest were re-interred. It was not until 2015 when they were again disinterred for identification, using anthropological and genetic analysis. Wasielewski's remains were accounted for last May, according to the Defense Department's Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency.
(www.freep.com)

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski, 21, of Detroit, killed during World War II, was accounted for May 15, 2019.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Wasielewski was assigned to the battleship 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 Wasielewski.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.
In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Wasielewski.
Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.
To identify Wasielewski’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome STR DNA (Y-STR) analysis.
Wasielewski name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
(www.dpaa.mil)

Gravesite Details Interment: Friday February 21, 2020

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  • Added: 23 Jan 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 206488494
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SN Edward Wasielewski (2 Jan 1920–7 Dec 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 206488494, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Oliver Shirley (contributor 49328405) .