A Pearl Harbor sailor finally identified, buried in Fresno

With the help of modern technology that helped identify a Navy sailor who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser were finally laid to rest Saturday after- noon at Fresno Memorial Gardens.

Kyser was from Oklahoma. But with his remaining family having all long since moved to California, military service ended up taking place in Fresno.

Kyser was 18 at the time and was serving on the battleship USS Oklahoma when Japanese planes attacked Ford Island, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

The USS Oklahoma suffered multiple torpedo hits and quickly capsized, killing 429 crew members, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

The attack launched the United States into World War II.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew.

Recently, Kyser’s remains were exhumed and identified using his DNA and modern forensic technology.

According to the Navy, Kyser’s name is recorded on the walls of the missing at the Punchbowl on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, along with the other World War II missing. A rosette will be placed next to their name to indicate that they have been considered.

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A detail of the Naval Honor Guard carries the flag-draped casket of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser, finally identified through modern DNA technology decades later as he is finally laid to rest at the Fresno Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2022 in Fresno. Kyser, 18 at the time, was assigned and served on the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft while moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

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A Naval Honor Guard detail folds the American flag that had draped the casket of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser, as he is laid to rest in a ceremony at Fresno Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon May 21, 2022 in Fresno. Kyser, 18 at the time, was assigned and served on the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft while moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

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A wreath surrounds a photo of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser at his grave Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2022 at Fresno Memorial Gardens in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

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The casket containing the remains of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser, is removed from the hearse at Fresno Memorial Gardens Saturday afternoon May 21, 2022 in Fresno. Kyseer’s remains were eventually identified using modern DNA technology. Kyser, 18 at the time, was assigned and served on the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft while moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

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American flags are presented to the family of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser, as he is finally laid to rest at Fresno Memorial Gardens Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2022 in Fresno. Kyser’s remains were recently identified using modern DNA technology. Kyser, 18 at the time, was assigned and served on the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft while moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

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The casket containing the remains of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser is interred at Fresno Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2022 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

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A detail of the Honor Guard awaits the arrival of the remains of Able Seaman Denver True “DT” Kyser at the Fresno Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon, May 21, 2022 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

This story was originally published May 21, 2022 7:05 p.m.

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