SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The remains of a central New York sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 75 years ago have been identified and will be buried in his hometown.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alfred Wells of Syracuse was aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when the Japanese launched their surprise attack on the U.S. fleet in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.
The Oklahoma was hit multiple times and capsized, killing Wells and more than 400 other sailors. The Navy spent nearly three years recovering all the remains and burying them in cemeteries in Hawaii.
Wells' remains were among those disinterred last year and recently identified through DNA analysis.
Wells was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1927. He'll be buried Saturday at the Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery in Syracuse.