Pearl Harbor Sailor Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery, 80 Years Later

After 80 years, a 21-year-old sailor was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on September 13 following a decades-long effort to identify his remains, following the December 7, 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor. An article in Military Times describes the extraordinary efforts to identify Herbert “Bert” Jacobson and the profound meaning for his family of his burial at Arlington.

Undated image of Herbert “Bert” Jacobson, from Grayslake, Ill. (U.S. Navy via AP/

“Members of Herbert ‘Bert’ Jacobson’s family waited all their lives to attend a memorial for the young man they knew about but never met. Jacobson was among the more than 400 sailors and Marines killed on the USS Oklahoma during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.” The Military Times article also reported that thirty-three sets of remains are still yet to be identified.

The Military Times story can be accessed at this link:

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