NAT GEO VIDEO: Pearl Harbor Hero Returned Home After 75 Years In An Unknown Grave

By  //  December 7, 2016

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DNA technology makes identification possible

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Every unknown grave has a story. Hundreds of servicemen who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 were buried as unknowns. Generations later, their families are still waiting for their return. (NAT GEO image)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Every unknown grave has a story. Hundreds of servicemen who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 were buried as unknowns. Generations later, their families are still waiting for their return.

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As I walked through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, the sheer number of graves was a painful reminder of just how many remain unknown.

But happily, as DNA technology improves, a few are being identified.

This video follows a sailor who died saving three others and, after nearly 75 years in an unmarked grave, finally has been returned to his family.

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— Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, producer/editor


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