Massachusetts Sailor Killed At Pearl Harbor Accounted For
A sailor from Massachusetts who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 has been accounted for.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that the remains of Navy Buglemaster 2nd Class Lionel W. Lescault, of Spencer, were identified in September.
Lescault was a member of the crew of the battleship USS Oklahoma, which sustained multiple torpedo hits during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack and quickly capsized, taking the lives of 429 crewmen.
Although the Navy recovered hundreds of fallen crewmembers, most were declared unidentifiable in 1949 and buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
The remains were exhumed in 2015 and using modern forensic techniques, Lescault and others were accounted for using DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, and material and circumstantial evidence.