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Remains of Minnesota sailor killed at Pearl Harbor ID'd after over seven decades

By THE ST. CLOUD TIMES (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) Published: July 8, 2017

The remains of a Holdingford seaman who was killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor have been identified and are returning to Central Minnesota for burial.

Navy Fireman 1st Class Elmer T. Kerestes was killed Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

He was among 429 crew members killed and among a group who initially weren't able to be identified. Those unidentified remains were interred then moved to a laboratory where some were identified.

Kerestes was among the group still unable to be identified and his remains were buried in a cemetery in Honolulu.

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense ordered the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. Two months later, the remains were exhumed and testing done to try to identify them.

In March 2017, Kerestes' remains were identified with the help of DNA analysis and circumstantial evidence.

His remains are scheduled to return to Minnesota in late July for burial.

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