Monday, July 23, 2018

More USS Oklahoma Unknowns Identified


CLIFFORD GEORGE GOODWIN, 24  Oo Diamond, Missouri.   Enlisted in the Navy in 1940.  Duty on the Oklahoma a few months later.  He chose the Oklahoma because his brother Don was on it.  Navy recovered his remains in 1944 but were unable to identify him.

I was unable to find a Don Goodwin on the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack.  I did find a George M. Goodwin as being killed on the ship, but also couldn't find out anything about him either.  He might have been confused with Clifford George Goodwin.

WILLIAM HELLSTERN  Gunner's mate 2nd class, 20.  From Peoria, Illinois.  Buried Friday May 18, 2018, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

HOWARD BACKMAN  Petty Officer 2nd Class.  Buried Memorial Day in Batavia, Illinois.  Born in Wilton, North Dakota.  Family moved to Batavia after he enlisted.

So Happy These Identifications Are Happening.  --GreGen

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