Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified as Barberton man


CLEVELAND – A sailor who was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and was one of 46 remains originally classified as unrecoverable, has been identified as Leading Seaman Buford H. 19-year-old Dyer from Barberton. , through DNA and anthropological analyzes, according to The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency.

On December 7, 1941, Dyer was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was stationed at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Dyer was one of 429 crew members who died after the ship was hit by multiple torpedoes by a Japanese plane, causing it to capsize.

The Defense Accounting Agency POW / MIA.

Leading Seamanst Class Buford H. Dyer, 19, of Barberton, Ohio.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew.

In 1947, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) exhumed the remains of crew members from the Halawa and Nu’uanu cemeteries.

Laboratory personnel could not confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at the time. The unidentified remains were buried in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In 1949, those who could not be identified were classified as unrecoverable, including Dyer.

Between June and November 2015, the DPAA exhumed the unidentified remains for analysis.

In August 2021, scientists used dental and anthropological analysis and Y chromosome (Y-STR) DNA analysis to identify one of the remains as Dyer.

Dyer will be buried on April 11, 2022 in Seville, Ohio. A rosette has been placed next to his name in the Missing Punchbowl court to indicate that he has been found.

December 7, 2021 will mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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