Report: Remains of La. sailor killed at Pearl Harbor ID'd, returning home


By THE ADVOCATE, BATON ROUGE, LA. Published: October 11, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (Tribune News Service) — Cyril Isaac Dusset, a cook from New Orleans, was among the 429 sailors and Marines who died aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

According to a WWL-TV report, Dusset's family members recently received the news they've been waiting for for a long time: Cyril is coming home.

New DNA tests have positively identified remains of some of those who perished aboard the Oklahoma, including those belonging to Cyril Dusset.

Dusset be buried with full military honors on Nov. 9 at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell.

Diamond Dusset told WWL that bringing his uncle home will give his family closure.

"We always knew one day -- one day -- he will get his recognition," Diamond Dusset said. "The family would be proud."

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The USS Oklahoma was sunk by several bombs and torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A total of 429 crew died when the ship capsized. The Oklahoma was righted and salvaged in 1943, and the remains of many crew members were recovered. However, unlike most of the other battleships that were recovered following Pearl Harbor, Oklahoma was too damaged to return to duty. She was eventually stripped of her remaining armaments and superstructure before being sold for scrap in 1946.

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