Monday, July 30, 2018

Another USS Oklahoma Unknown Identified


WILLIAM FRANCIS HELLSTERN

Gunners Mate 2nd Class, 20.

A December 20, 1941, letter from Rear Admiral Randall Jacobi, Chief of Bureau of Navigation, to his parents:   "The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, William Francis Hellstern, Gunners Mate 2nd Class, U.S. Navy, is missing following action in performance of his duty and the service of his country."

His parents received another letter in February 1942"  "After exhaustive search it has been found impossible to locate your son."

He was reburied May 18, 2018 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

--GreGen

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