Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Remains of USS Oklahoma Sailor Identified: Herbert John Hoard-- Part 1

From the April 16, 2016, Fayette Democrat-Leader "Herbert John Hoard (1905-1941)."

The remains of Chief Storekeeper Herbert John Hoard have been identified by DNA and other means.  Elbert Hoard of Fayette, nephew and oldest surviving relative was notified March 23, 2016.

Herbert Hoard was born in DeSoto, Missouri to William H. and Hattie Vinyard Hoard on January 13, 1905.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on October 25, 1923, in St. Louis.  Service for Mr. Hoard was aboard the USS Mississippi and many other ships.

Marriage was in the future for him and his girlfriend when his last tour ended and he was discharged.  However, that was not to be as he was one of the men who died aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941.

--GreGen

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