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Remains of Minnesota soldier killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified

The remains of Neal K. Todd will be buried in Akeley next month.
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The remains of a World War II soldier from Minnesota, who was long unaccounted for, have been identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd of Akeley had been accounted for in February. His remains will be buried on July 10 in Akeley.

Todd was killed on Dec. 7, 1941 on the USS Oklahoma battleship when it was attacked by a Japanese aircraft while moored in Pearl Harbor. Todd was one of 429 crew members killed in the attack.

Navy personnel recovered the remains from December 1941 through June 1944. The remains were placed in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In 1947, the remains were taken from the cemeteries and sent to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks for identification. The lab was able to identify the 35 crew members.

The unidentified remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

But between June and November of 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency again began analyzing the unidentified remains.

Using anthropological, DNA and chromosome analysis, Todd’s remains were identified.

A rosette will be placed by his name at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to indicate he has been accounted for. 

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