The remains of a Massachusetts sailor who was hit by multiple torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.
This intervention comes more than 80 years after the attack that drew America into World War II, and nearly four years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Mate 3rd Class Roman W. Sadlowski was held responsible for using the advanced. DNA and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and physical evidence.
About 15 family members from Massachusetts, Texas and Florida are scheduled to attend the delayed ceremony coronavirus Epidemic, said Joe Makarski Jr., who is Sadlowski’s nephew and who nearly a decade ago supplied the DNA sample that was used to help identify the remains.
“We are quite excited,” Makarsky, 81, said in a telephone interview. “It’s been a long time, and I’m glad to be alive for it to last.” Makarsky never met his mother’s brother, but he grew up hearing about them.
“I remember my dad and mom talking about them, and they always spoke highly of them,” he said. “I know she worked at General Electric and wrote books for my mom’s small beauty salon in Pittsfield. Growing up, I always saw a picture of her at my grandmother’s house.
“Sadlowski, 21, joined the Navy on July 31, 1940, according to the Navy’s Community Outreach Office. His duties as an electrician’s companion included maintaining, operating, and repairing a battleship’s electrical systems, motors, generators, and alternators. Included.
According to Navy accounts, the USS Oklahoma was one of the first ships to be struck during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, struck by three aerial torpedoes just before 8 a.m., when many sailors were still sleeping under deck. Were.
Part of the port was torn apart and within 15 minutes of the first strike, it was completely rolled, leaving hundreds of crew members trapped. Two of the crew members earned the Medal of Honor for attempting to rescue their fellow sailors, and a third were awarded the Navy Cross. Sadlowski was one of the 429 USS Oklahoma sailors and marines who died. Of those who died, 388 could not. He was identified and buried at Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
The process of removing the remains for DNA analysis began in 2015, and since then 355 have been identified, according to the Navy.
Makarsky said Sadlowski’s family debated where the remains should be buried. They considered veterans’ cemeteries in Massachusetts and Florida, and even considered their hometown of Pittsfield, although no known members of the family still reside in the western Massachusetts town.
“We talked a lot about it, and decided on Arlington because of its reputation,” he said.