ALBANY, N.Y. — Pentagon officials say the remains of an American sailor from upstate New York who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that the remains of Charles M. Stern Jr., of Albany, have been accounted for.
Officials believe remains of nearly half of the 83,000 unidentified service members killed in World War II and more recent wars could be identified and returned to relatives.
The Oklahoma was hit by multiple torpedoes and capsized. Stern and more than 400 other crew members were killed. The Navy spent the next three years recovering remains from the wreck. They were interred in nearby cemeteries.
Stern’s remains were among those disinterred in 2015 in an attempt to identify the Oklahoma’s unknowns.