The 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor happened 77 years ago, but its effects are still being felt today. According to the Military Times, the remains of William Kvidera are finally being returned to his family in Traer, Iowa after they were identified through DNA and dental analysis, along with other evidence. Kvidera was a carpenter’s mate 3rd class assigned to the USS Oklahoma (pictured above), which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. After being struck by multiple Japanese torpedoes, the battleship capsized on December 7, 1941. Just 10 days prior to the attack, Kvidera wrote home to his mother promising to send money and asking for a prayer.
Kvidera was one of the 429 crewmen who lost their lives on that day, and due to the destruction, his remains were among those that were not immediately identified. With that said, what has been identified is finally heading home to his family for burial with full military honors. Because his brother John Kvidera, 91, of Traer, is the only brother still alive to bury him at home we would like to Salute William and the other servicemembers who lost their lives on this day. His sacrifice was meaningful and is not going unnoticed. Thank you, William.