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DNA analysis identifies Pearl Harbor sailor

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Military authorities say a sailor from Massachusetts who died when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 has been accounted for.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday that Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski, of Pittsfield, was identified in December.

The 21-year-old Sadlowski was on the crew of the battleship Oklahoma, which was struck by multiple torpedoes during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack and quickly capsized, with 429 deaths.

An aerial view of salvage operations on the battleship Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Navy)
Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor accounted for

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of Navy Buglemaster 2nd Class Lionel W. Lescault, who served on the battleship Oklahoma.

The remains of many crewmen were recovered. Most, including Sadlowski, could not be positively identified and were buried on Hawaii.

Many of those remains were exhumed in 2015 for additional analysis.

The military says scientists used advanced DNA and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence, to identify Sadlowski.

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