Initially, I saw an article on my phone on Hays, Kansas news – Remains of Kansas man killed in Pearl Harbor identified announcing that Rex Wise had been identified. When I typed Rex Wise Pearl Harbor, I came up with a second article – Two Kansans killed at Pearl Harbor are identified which included Rex Wise and Hadley Heavin. While I haven’t tracked how many Kansans have been identified from the DNA project started several years ago, there are at least nine (9) who have been identified from the USS Oklahoma, including USS Oklahoma Pearl Harbor Unidentified Burial – Gerald Homer Pirtle, Re-buried in Wichita November 2018 – Tombstone Tuesdays January 28, 2020 I posted about last month. I am in the process of trying to find out if more Kansans have been identified from those who were buried as unknowns after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also looking to do a similar list for Mississippi. At some point, I will work on doing similar lists for the other 48 states and various territories. If anyone knows where I can find breakdowns by states and territories, please let me know.
Both Wise and Heavin will be buried in a few months. Wise will be either be buried in Braman, Oklahoma (from the second link above – where his parents are buried) or South Haven (according to the first link above and where a Find-A-Grave memorial has been added) in May and Heavin will be buried in Baxter Springs in April. I will update Wise’s burial location once I know where he’s going to be buried.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) says it has identified the remains of Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex Wise, 21, of South Haven, and Navy Fireman 1st Class Hadley Heavin, 23, of Baxter Springs.
Scientists use several ways to analyze remains, including dental and anthropological analysis, mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome DNA, and autosomal DNA analysis.