19-year-old killed at Pearl Harbor identified as Minnesotan

Lloyd Timm grew up in Kellogg, Minnesota.
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The remains of a Navy Seaman killed in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has been identified as a Minnesotan. 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Lloyd Rudolph Timm was 19 years old when he died while assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was anchored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.  

Timm, a native of the City of Kellogg in southeast Minnesota, was first identified Nov. 1, 2019, with a news release confirming his identity published Monday by The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). 

According to the DPAA, the USS Oklahoma was hit by multiple torpedos during the Japanese attack, causing it to quickly capsize and result in the deaths of 429 crewmen. 

In the three years that followed the attack, the Navy recovered remains of crewmen and interred them in the Halawa and Nu'uanu cemeteries. In 1947, an identification laboratory was only able to identity 35 men from USS Oklahoma. 

The remaining unidentified men were buried in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl in Honolulu, the DPAA said. Those who were not identified were classified as non-recoverable, including Timm. 

In 2015, the DPAA exhumed the victims and used dental and anthropological analysis, in addition to DNA to properly identify as many non-recoverable men as possible, including Timm. 

Timm's name on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl will be adorned with a rosette to signify that he has been accounted for. He will be buried May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day – in Wabasha, Minnesota. 

More than 400,000 Americans died in World War II, including 72,639 still unaccounted for and approximately 30,000 deemed "possibly recoverable," the DPAA added. 

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