Man killed at Pearl Harbor buried nearly 76 years later

"Battleship Row" after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec. 7, 1941. The capsized USS Oklahoma is visible in the foreground, behind her is USS Maryland. USS West Virginia burns on the right.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 8, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The remains of a South Carolina man killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried nearly 76 years later.

Navy Seaman First Class Milton Reece Surratt was a 19-year-old cook on the USS Oklahoma when torpedoes sank the battleship Dec. 7, 1941. Surratt was among 429 crewmen to die. But his body was not identified, and he was officially missing in action — until recently, when the federal Defense POW MIA Accounting Agency matched his remains to family members' DNA.

Surratt's remains were buried with full military honors Friday in the Mauldin First Baptist Church cemetery.

Surratt's niece, Shirley Watkins, says she remembers the Christmas Eve telegram that told the family he was missing.

His 99-year-old cousin, John Baldwin, says he's elated his cousin is finally home.


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