Honolulu- Some seventy-eight years ago many perished in what was described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as “A day that will live in infamy”. Now, another who lost their life has been accounted for.
According to the associated press, the POW/MIA Accounting agency announced on Tuesday that Lionel W. Lescault, a Spencer Massachusetts based sailor that died in the Pearl Harbor attacks, has been accounted for. The remains of the 2nd Class Navy Bulgemaster were identified in September.
Lescault was part of the crew on the USS Oklahoma which sustained the bulk of torpedo hits in the attack by Japanese airmen. Lescault was one of 449 crew members who died on the USS Oklahoma.
His remains were exhumed in 2015 and using modern forensic techniques, Lescault and others were accounted for using DNA evidence, dental and anthropological analysis, and material and circumstantial evidence.
Unlike Lescault, many have not been recovered. In 1949 most fallen sailors were declared unidentifiable and laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu.