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Marine to be interred at USS Arizona

Dec. 23, 2011 - 07:21PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 23, 2011 - 07:21PM  |  
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — A Marine who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being interred at the USS Arizona, joining the remains of more than a thousand sailors and Marines who died when the battleship sank 70 years ago.

Navy divers planned to place Pfc. Frank Cabiness' ashes inside the hull of the Arizona on Friday afternoon.

Cabiness was on the ship as part of a flag raising detail when the first Japanese aircraft flew over the harbor, the Marine Corps said. He was blown from the decks of the ship when the magazines in the ship's forward compartment exploded.

Cabiness is the second Marine to be interred on the Arizona.

Dozens of crew members who lived through the Dec. 7, 1941, attack have chosen to have their ashes interred on the battleship after death. Many do it out of a desire to join those they left behind.

Survivors who served on the USS Utah — the only other ship sunk in the attack that still sits in the harbor — have done the same.

Earlier this month, urns holding the ashes of two sailors — one from the Utah and one from the Arizona — were interred on their respective ships. The ashes of Arizona survivors are interred in a gun turret.

Servicemen who served on other ships and on land may have their ashes scattered in the harbor if they choose. Most of the dozen U.S. ships that sank or were beached 70 years ago were repaired and returned to service.

Altogether, 2,390 Americans were killed in the attack that brought the United States into World War II.

The Arizona lost 1,177 sailors and Marines — more than any ship or unit. Most of those who died are still entombed on the vessel, which rests next to Ford Island where it sank nine minutes after being hit by a Japanese aerial bomb.

Cabiness was among the 337 crew members who survived.

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