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Aloha All,
May I introduce Ray Emory, retired Navy Chief, USS Honolulu veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association member, Pearl Harbor History Associates member, past President of the Navy Chiefs Association. He is the only docent at the USS Arizona Memorial to be fired (lol).  

In the mid-1980s I uncovered a US Army unidentified casualty list dated 13 Dec 1941, which has every US Army KIA cited by case number and such identifications as tattoos, laundry marks, hair color, shoe size, etc. One 'case" has a "possibly a pilot" notation, as buried in 1941 at Schofield Barracks cemetery. With all USAAF pilots now accounted for, the paper trail suggested the "pilot" was Mitchell Cohn, USS Enterprise gunner MIA from his SBD crash on 7 Dec.

In the mid-1980s, Ray Emory was working at the USS Arizona Memorial on the list of father-son, and brothers killed on the USS Arizona. He became my legs to search Hawaii's cemetary records.

The disinterrments of USN burials at Nuuanu and Red Hill temporary cemeterys, and burials at Punchbowl, were examined to find certain paperwork errors. The paperwork for Mitchell Cohn and the grave next to his at Schofield got swapped during the disinterrment. One of them is now buried in Wisconsin.

Ray was able to ID ALL the US Army unidentified on that 13 Dec 1941 list from the uncompleted paperwork at Punchbowl, except for the swapped paperwork of Mitchell Cohn and this other man.

In that quest, an even larger task with a small team of people developed. You may read more about part of this in AFTER THE BATTLE. The late Congresswoman Patsy Mink even led the bill through the US Congress to make changes on Punchbowl headstones based on this research.

Now, Ray has made several successful 'hits' as the entire National Cemetery of the Pacific (aka "Punchbowl") records are being examined. These "hits" have decyphered select burials for possible disinterrment by JPAC-CILHI for DNA comparison.

There is a LOT more 'goings on', in like manner, on that day's history.


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Warren P Hickok is latest ID made by "Ray Emory, a machine gunner on the USS Savannah (actually USS Honolulu) during the attacks who later led the effort to identify Hickok."

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Another Brazo Zulu to Mr Emory!

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I have met Mr. Emory...

His work is his top priority in identification of the December 7th unknowns. I met him last year at The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association National Convention in Ontario, CA.
He is quite proud of his success (well deserved by the way) and had several articles and his laptop with him, which he was more than happy to share with me.
He has near complete lists of all military personel, reported as missing in WWII...and a note beside each that has been positively been identified and his remains whereabouts.

Without his work, many of these brave souls would remain un-accounted for to this day.

By the way...He also can name every capitol ship in Pearl Harbor that day by their location!!
I have to do it alphabetically!

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Hi all,

MSNBC reported the identification of Mr. Hickock in the Friday night report.  It was just a short story, but I did see it!

Although there was no mention of Ray Emory, the story reported that forensics identified an unknown killed on December 7th, 1941, as Hickock's and that his body has been returned to his family at buried with Full Military Honors.

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