Remains of LaPorte brothers killed at Pearl Harbor identified

The remains of two brothers from Indiana who died aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, have been identified.

Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Harold Trapp, 24, and Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class William Trapp, 23, were officially accounted for Nov. 24, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

The Trapp brothers were from LaPorte. They were among at least 10 sets of brothers serving aboard the Oklahoma at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Four-hundred and twenty-nine crew members died in the Japanese attack on the Oklahoma.

The ship was refloated and salvaged in 1943, but some crew members’ remains were so badly charred or decayed that they could not be identified and they were buried in gravesites for the unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

Those graves were exhumed in recent years and the remains taken to the DPAA lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for analysis and possible identification.

A Marine from South Bend, Ind., 20-year-old Marley Arthurholtz, was also aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, and died in the attack. His remains were identified in Sept. 2019 and later buried in Granger, Ind.

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1 comment

Jim December 7, 2020 at 7:39 am

A sad reminder that freedom isn’t free


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