Remains of WWII veteran from Senath killed at Pearl Harbor identified
(KBSI) – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a Navy Fireman from Senath, Mo. who was killed during World War II were recently recovered.
On Dec. 7, 1941, 21-year-old Edward E. Casinger was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. His remains were accounted for on Oct. 1, 2021, according to the DPAA.
The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits which caused it to capsize. That attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen which included Casinger.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the crew and they were interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.
In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks.
The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.
In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Casinger.
Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.
Scientists used dental and anthropological analysis to identify Cassinger’s remains. Scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.
Casinger’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Casinger will be buried on Nov. 19 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Those wanting to know family and funeral information can contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.