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A few years ago...before a veteran past...I was able to tell him that his brother was no longer in Turret Two on USS Az...that the turret was scrapped in 1943 and a collective burial is at Punchbowl  of those remains. He was appreciative.

So I quite understand the thoughts.

There are several of us who urged Ray Emory to do some things about various paper trails we had developed...and as our man on the scene...he went much deeper than we ever thought possible!

He and late Patsy Mink, Congresswoman from Hawaii, took the headstone problem which Ray discovered...to Congress and the headstones...and DNA situation...are being done!
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Hi David,

  Will the changes cover just the Arizona or all of our Unknowns' and will it be accomplished in stages or is there a target date set?

 Thanks Again,

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Hi Steph,
Ray's spread sheet covers all of Punchbowl...he is got a LOT to do in the few days he has left. The War Monuments Commission took the 'charge' from US Congress very seriously and are making great progress.
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Thanks David,
  The first four sites brought tears to my eyes. When I got to the last one, I could think of a few choice words to say, none of which I can repeat here.
  To the family members they are not just veterans, casualties, or Unknowns they are "Family!!!"  I'm sure if the $72.50 is a major ordeal, the families would be willing to pitch in or hold fund raisers to have them changed.
  If you ever need a graphic statement or letter to help support the change, let me know. I'll even get my college writing professor to go over it so it's perfect.

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This thread reminds me of one of my visits to the memorial visitor center.   I was giving a tour around the large model of ARIZONA, as sunk, when one of the visitors asked about the POW/MIA bracelet I wore.   When I told the gent the name on the bracelet, he commented that "those remains were recently recovered, fully ID'ed and sent home".   The guy then identified himself as one of the people from the Central Identification Lab, there in Honolulu.   It really made my day to hear that my "missing, presumed dead" had finally made it home to be interred with family.
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Hi Brian,

  I wore one of the POW/MIA bracelets when we were stationed at Grand Forks AFB, ND. When the POW's  were being released the news cast started about 2:00 am ND time. I stayed up all night and watched every POW leave those planes, hoping my guy would be one of them, he wasn't. I cried for days. :(  I cried for him and I cried tears of joy for the ones who came home.
  It was amazing how bonded  I became to my POW/MIA.
I worried and stewed over him like he was my own brother. I can understand your elation over your great news. It must have been like the 4th of July for you. I'm so glad you got to see your KIA return home to his family.

Thanks, for sharing the story.

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Hi All,
  I'm still reading. I got a couple of books out the the college library. I think I have the bow, stern aft, port and starboard down pat.(pretty good for a directionaly impaired lady) The book talks about the fantail, is this the same as the stern or is it something else?
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Yes, the fantail is the stern, but in all actuallity ARIZONA did not have a "fantail" , but rather a "Cruiser stern.   A fantail stern is rounded, whereas ARIZONA's stern tapered.
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