Wisconsin sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be laid to rest

Posted at 6:28 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 19:28:54-04

PORT EDWARDS, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin sailor who died at Pearl Harbor will be laid to rest more than 75 years after his death.

Navy Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John Schoonover of Port Edwards, Wisconsin, was among 429 crewmen who died aboard the USS Oklahoma after Japanese torpedoes capsized the ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Schoonover was 39.

Sailors who couldn't be identified were buried in a large Hawaii gravesite known as the Punchbowl. The U.S. Department of Defense has increased its efforts to identify fallen service members who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Schoonover's son, Robert, of Panama City Beach, Florida, says confirmation of his father's remains has brought him closure.

He says a funeral will be held at the Naval Air Station Pensacola later this month.