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Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Backman)


By | August 07, 2017

Navy Radioman 2nd Class Walter H. Backman, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma during World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Backman was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Backman.

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Backman's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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