Aldridge, Willard Henry, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1940-1941, 00-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1940 - 1941

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ashland, KS
Last Address
Ashland, KS
(Father~John Aldridge)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
Seaman/1c Willard Aldridge was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB37.
   
Comments/Citation

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency annouced that Navy Seaman 1st Class Willard H. Aldridge, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for as of Jan 11, 2018

On Dec. 7, 1941, Aldridge was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. 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 Aldridge. 

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Aldridge's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

   

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1940-1941, 00-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 25, 1940, Service Entry Date and Serial Number
  Oct 12, 1940, Received on USS Oklahoma From US Naval Station Great Lakes, IL for Duty
  Nov 09, 1940, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class or S2c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class or S1c
  Aug 30, 2016, Body may be one of the many unknown Buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
  Aug 31, 2016, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
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