U.S. Navy Chaplain (Lt.) Chandler Irwin presides over the funeral service for U.S. Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas Griffith in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 21, 2021.
Griffith was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II. 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 Griffith, who was 20 years old. Griffith remained unidentified until April 21, 2020 when, after over 80 years, he was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). His sister, Betty Joe Griffith Price, received the U.S. flag from her brother’s service.
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(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)