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 Charles Louis Saunders

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Charles Louis Saunders

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 17–18)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Memorial Site* Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot Row 3
Memorial ID 80553631 View Source
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Charles L. Saunders
Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 3602696
United States Navy
Entered the Service from: Texas
Died: 7-Dec-41
Missing in Action
Awards: Purple Heart

His remains were never Identified but is listed as one of the approximately 390 unknowns from the USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Link to mass graves of 389 Crew USS Oklahoma, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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The USS OKLAHOMA Memorial was dedicated 7 December 2007 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The memorial stands on the shores of Ford Island, next to the former berth of the Oklahoma. Today the USS Missouri museum is moored where the Oklahoma was moored when she was sunk.

The memorial's black granite walls suggest the once formidable hull of the Oklahoma. On the black granite wall is the alphabetical list of each sailor and what row his marble standard is in. When the wall is photographed the marble standards can be seen in the reflection. The white marble standards represent its lost sailors and Marines. Each perfectly aligned marble standard symbolizes an individual in pristine white dress uniform, inspired from the naval tradition of ‘manning the rails.' In full dress whites the ship's crew stand at attention along the rails or in the rigging of the ship to display respect and honor. The marble standards of this memorial stand perfectly straight, ‘manning the rails' of the Oklahoma, forever.

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