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Remains of Monticello WWII Navy Seaman Returning to Iowa

The remains of a Monticello seaman who died in World War Two are coming back to Iowa for burial. 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 19-year old Navy Seaman First Class Donald A. Stott was assigned to the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on December 7th, 1941. The Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. Stott was among 429 crewmen who died. 

His remains were buried along with other unknowns in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

In 2015, the DPAA received authorization to exhume and reexamine unknown remains associated with the Oklahoma using advances in forensic technology. 

In 2021, Stott’s remains were identified – they will be buried in Monticello on March 25th.

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