The remains of two Wisconsin men are among five newly-identified sailors killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The bodies of 52-year-old Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon of Hudson and 43-year-old petty officer Vernon Luke of Green Bay were exhumed from separate graves last June at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
The Pentagon’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency used new technology to identify the latest victims from an attack on the USS Oklahoma, in which 429 crew members were killed or missing.
The aging battleship ship was hit by three torpedoes at the start of the December 21, 1941 attack by Japanese naval aircraft. Eight years ago, another Wisconsin victim of the same attack was identified and taken home for a burial — Lawrence Boxrucker of Dorchester in Clark County.