Kerestes, Elmer Tom, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1939-1941, F1c-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1939 - 1941
Fireman 1st Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Holding, MN
Last Address
118 Douglas Ave
Compton, CA
(Wife~Alice Marguerite Kerestes)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Highland Cemetery - Holdingford, Minnesota
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)1
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1939-1941, F1c-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 22, 1939, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 328-59-741
  Oct 30, 1939, Received on USS Oklahoma Rank of Apprentice Seaman (AS)
  Dec 22, 1939, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (S2c)
  Mar 14, 1940, Changed Rate from Seaman 2nd Class to Fireman 3rd Class (Both E-2 before 1944)
  Aug 16, 1940, Promoted to Fireman 2nd Class (Rank of E-3 before 1944)
  Feb 16, 1941, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (Rank of E-4 before 1944)
  Dec 07, 1941, Missing in action after engagement with enemy
  Mar 09, 2017, Accounted for by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
  Jul 27, 2017, Obituary
  Jul 29, 2017, Re-intern at Highland Cemetery - Holdingford, MN7
  Mar 15, 2018, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced July 21, 2017  that the remains of a U.S. serviceman unaccounted for from World War II have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Elmer T. Kerestes, 22, of Holding Township, Minnesota, was buried July 29, 2017 in Holdingford, Minnesota. On Dec. 7, 1941, Kerestes 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 Kerestes.

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 Military Association Memberships
Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenAmerican Battle Monuments CommissionUnited States Navy Memorial
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  1941, World War II Fallen
  2017, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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