Massachusetts sailor killed at Pearl Harbor accounted for

"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: January 8, 2019

BOSTON — A sailor from Massachusetts who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 has been accounted for.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that the remains of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Lionel W. Lescault, of Spencer, were identified in September.

Lescault, a buglemaster, was a member of the crew of the battleship USS Oklahoma, which sustained multiple torpedo hits during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack and quickly capsized, taking the lives of 429 crewmen.

Although the Navy recovered hundreds of fallen crewmembers, most were declared unidentifiable in 1949 and were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

The remains were exhumed in 2015 and, using modern forensic techniques, Lescault and others were accounted for using DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, and material and circumstantial evidence.

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