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Saturday burial services set for seaman killed at Pearl Harbor 77 years ago

By ROGER DUPUIS | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa | Published: June 7, 2018

WANAMIE, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Wanamie native who was killed during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward F. Slapikas, 26, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The attack prompted America's entry into World War II.

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 Slapikas.

His remains were finally identified through DNA testing last year.

The seaman's only known survivors are his niece, Leona Hotko, of Kingston, and nephew Frank Slapikas and his wife, Barbara, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. They are expected to attend Saturday's services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Spirit Parish, 31 S. Market St., Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania with the Rev. Louis Kaminski officiating. Interment and full military services will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Wanamie.

For more on Slapikas’ life, see The Times Leader here.

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