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DNA testing has identified the remains of an Alabama sailor killed at Pearl Harbor.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Navy Chief Warrant Officer John Arnold Austin of Warrior was accounted for in September 2018, 77 years after his death on board the USS Oklahoma.

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On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, suffered a devastating attack from the air and sea.

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U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Somers Steelman

It’s extra noteworthy that Everett Hyland, a Dec. 7, 1941, attack survivor who was on the USS Pennsylvania, will return the salute of a passing Navy warship at Friday’s anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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To commemorate the 76th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were joined by a group of World War II veterans to sign a presidential proclamation declaring Dec. 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, commemorating the 2,300 service members who lost their lives during the Japanese surprise attack on the Hawaii naval station in 1941. And while Trump has occasionally put his foot in his mouth during military-related ceremonies — I wouldn't necessarily call a surprise bombardment "a pretty wild scene" — nobody was paying attention to the commander-in-chief.

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Editor's Note: This article was original published Dec. 7, 2015. 

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