Skip to comments.USS Oklahoma Sailor From World War II Accounted For (Navy Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring, 21, of Vales Mill, Ohio)
Posted on 12/06/2020 4:15:37 PM PST by BigEdLB
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Navy Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring, 21, of Vales Mill, Ohio, will be buried August 6, in Albany, Ohio. On Dec. 7, 1941, Boring was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Boring. No single vessel at Pearl Harbor, with the exception of the USS Arizona, suffered as many fatalities.
(Excerpt) Read more at dpaa.mil ...
Put the whole name in the title. Boring alone gives a wrong impression.
My uncle is still MIA WWII B17.
That is the title in the link. Did you look at it?
Title threw me for a minute there, till I read your post about the spelling of his name. :-)
It was my mother’s maiden name, “Boring”
It was more dangerous to be on a bomber crew than to be in the infantry in Europe.
My uncle was KIA as a pilot in a B-17. He is buried at the American Cemetary in Normandy. Dad (the older brother) was at Pearl Harbour. He was an Ensign on the USS Phoenix which was a cruiser and the Japs were concentrating on the battleships. He said they were sitting ducks. It took 30 minutes to build up enough steam before they had sufficient power to move and get out of the harbour.
Yes, please ask the moderators to rename your post. To me, it reads as an insult the those who are just now being identified after being killed in action, but their bodies were not identified.
Good post Sacajaweau.
Definitely change what’s in parentheses in title to full name -> it really looks like you’re saying ‘don’t read this, it’s (boring) ...
Made you click, though.
Oh yeah, not complaining!
Thank you for posting this memorial, from 2016. The US Military honored those they could determine as KIAs from the USS Oklahoma, using recovered mitochondrial DNA. In the case of Seaman Boring— also his dentition. For what peace of mind may be had of any relatives left— for the young man (as far as is known) had no personal descendants taken at young age.
The USS Oklahoma rolled over (a huge vessel) and the horror of that meant those near topside were trapped inside sub decks filled with water. Some (very few) managed to climb up the upside down vessel to the keel plates and by banging on the metal were able to be located, and cutting torches cut out a hole for them to climb through. They had, from what can recall, the good sense to shut the hatches from the upper decks— so they had air pockets and also so when the hole was cut the compartment did not flood.
Pearl Harbor day is a sacred memory day in our family. Know exactly where our father was on this night, in picket escort to the USS Enterprise (CV-6). The morning of Dec 7, 1941 his submarine was 6 hours outside of Pearl, and both they and the Enterprise were told to remain at sea— “this is no drill”. Memories of coming into Pearl after the attack were riveted in his memory, including the fact they were on a war patrol with live torpedoes approved for use against japanese shipping- having left in October on the escort. War orders before a War. Came back in, refueled (the jap 3rd wave never came to take out the Oil Tanks), and went back out.
The Enterprise on Dec. 10 sank a jap sub off of Pearl, and remained at sea.
Third was in Patton's army from the breakout thru the end of the war. He's the only one that spoke anything about the war and it was very little. His duty station was on a half track equipped with quad 50’s on an electrical mount. He said the tracers across the Rhine were quit a sight and the effects were devastating. After they crossed the Rhine, Hitler Youth were everywhere with a rifle and a few mags or a panzerfaust. The German boys were pretty much wiped out. He ended the war as the command sergeant for his infantry battalion.
The 4th uncle was a replacement into a Normandy division and was wounded outside of Paris. He spent a year+ in hospitals.
My father was an ROTC 2nd lieutenant at the tail end of the Korean War and didn't leave the US. He was discharged soon after the Armistice.
I asked my late father-in-law where he was on Dec. 7, 1941 since he was in the Army. His simple answer was “Getting bombed in Schofield Barracks”. Nuff said, till he landed at Iwo.
As to my Father - After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the navy and ended up on an Island named Manus in the Admiralty Islands. He was effectively a Air Traffic Controller for US British and Australian pilots making Bombing runs to the north
My Uncle was on the repair shop USS Vestal, moored next to the Arizona. His ship was hit by 2 Japanese bombs & was damaged by the fire & explosions from the Arizona next to them. He helped pull men from the water.
The sad thing about the Oklahoma is that Sunday morning the Oklahoma was to have an inspection by a visiting admiral so all the water tight doors through out the ship were open to allow passage of the admirals party.
When the attack came men on the Oklahoma couldn’t get all the doors closed in time to prevent the ship from turning over.
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