Wyman, Elden, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1941, 000X, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1940 - 1941
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Portland, OR

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Duty Stations
USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)US Navy
  1940-1941, 00-0000, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1941-1941, 000X, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Colleges Attended 
University of Oregon
  1936-1940, University of Oregon
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Last Known Activity
Ensign Elden Wyman was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB37.  The USS Wyman DE-38, was named in his honor.

---RELATED STORY---

Three Killed at Pearl Harbor Identified
September 05, 2008
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Oregon - Two-thirds of a century ago, Kathleen Wyman drove her brother to California to join the Navy. From there, he shipped out to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.

He never came home.

Ensign Eldon Wyman was 24 when he died in the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941. Along with hundreds of others, he was buried in mass graves, officially listed as unknowns.

But Thursday, the Pentagon announced that the remains of Eldon Wyman and two other sailors had been identified, and their remains would be returned to their families.

"I'm very grateful that there's been such persistence in following up on this," Kathleen Wyman said in an interview.

She's known about the identification for a few weeks, and she's known about the possibility of an identification for about four years. She plans to put her brother's ashes in a niche next to their father and mother.

The attack on the Oklahoma left 429 sailors and Marines dead. Following the attack, 36 of these servicemen were identified and the remaining 393 were buried as unknowns in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The focus on Pearl Harbor remains has intensified in recent years through the research of one of the few survivors from the Oklahoma, Ray Emory.

As a result of Emory's work, Kathleen Wyman gave a blood sample for a DNA analysis, used by forensic anthropologists at a special military command along with other means, such as dental records, to identify the remains of her younger brother.

The Pentagon identified the other sailors as Ensign Irvin A.R. Thompson of Hudson County, New Jersey, and Fireman 2nd Class Lawrence Boxrucker of Dorchester, Wisconsin. Boxrucker will be buried Saturday.

"I am thrilled to death. It is just kind of a relief to know he is home," said 82-year-old Agnes Boxrucker, who was married to one of the sailor's late cousins. "When the veterans service officer called me, I just went ecstatic. Wow."
   
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