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The remains of a Mandan sailor who was killed at Pearl Harbor have been identified, nearly 78 years after the surprise Japanese attack on American soil.

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Albert Renner, 24, was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, moored at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the ship sustained multiple torpedo hits from a surprise attack by Japanese airplanes. Renner was killed along with 105 other crewmen.

The Navy recovered the remains of at least 66 deceased crewmen. Those who could not be identified were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2017 disinterred and transferred 35 caskets associated with the USS West Virginia to a laboratory for identification.

Scientists used dental and anthropological analysis, several types of DNA analysis, and circumstantial and material evidence to identify Renner's remains.

Renner's name was listed in a memorial for missing World War II soldiers in Honolulu. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate that he has been accounted for.

More than 400,000 Americans died during World War II. There are 72,648 still unaccounted for, with about 30,000 assessed as possibly recoverable.

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Reach Bilal Suleiman at 701-250-8261 or Bilal.Suleiman@bismarcktribune.com

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