Backman, Walter Howard, RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1938-1941, RM-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1938 - 1941

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Walton, ND
Last Address
444 Spruce St
Aurora, IL
Father~August Ferdinand Bachman)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Grave: The Unknown of the USS Oklahoma

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US Navy
  1938-1941, RM-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
  Jul 20, 1938, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 328-53-69
  Jul 20, 1938, Enter Service from Minneapolis, MN
  Dec 17, 1938, Received on the USS Oklahoma
  Aug 16, 1939, Promoted to Seaman 1st Class (S1c)
  Aug 16, 1940, Promoted to Radioman 3rd Class (RM3c)
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to Radioman 2nd Class (RM2c)
  Dec 07, 1941, Missing in Action
  Dec 04, 2013, General Photos7
  Jan 07, 2017, Memorial Marker also at River Hills Memorial Park Batavia, IL1
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Last Known Activity

Radioman Petty Officer Second Class Walter Backman was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB-37.

His remains were never Identified but is listed as one of the approximately 390 unknowns from the USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Efforts in 2016 and beyond are currently underway to Identify these remains. 

He Remains were Identified as recovered on Aug 7th, 2017. 

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

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World War II FallenPearl Harbor FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WWII Memorial National Registry
  1941, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WWII Memorial National Registry
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