USS UTAH  BB-31 / AG-16

The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor

The below is a list of the 58 USS Utah Sailors who were killed in action at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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On 7 December 1941, 58 of the USS Utah’s crew, members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve, lost their lives. Only 4 of these 58 casualties were recovered in the immediate aftermath of the attack. The remains of Seaman 2/c (S2c) Pallas F. Brown, Signalman 1st Class (SM1c) Douglas R. Dieckhoff, and Mess Attendant (Matt1c) George R. Smith were recovered in the days immediately following the attack and buried in the Nuuanu Naval Cemetery (Nuuanu) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally established as a civilian cemetery, the U.S. Navy had maintained a separate plot within this cemetery for several years. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the cemetery was enlarged to try to accommodate additional burials. Still, constraints on space meant that, after a few days of burials, all interment operations shifted to Halawa Naval Cemetery (Halawa) in Honolulu, Hawaii, which would eventually become one of the primary burials sites for Pearl Harbor casualties. 

The remains of Ensign David W. Jackson were recovered several weeks after the attack and buried at Halawa. As time passed, the remaining 54 casualties of the USS Utah, initially reported Missing In Action, were presumed to have drowned inside the ship.

William D. Arbuckle - Seaman/2c
Joseph Barta - Fireman 3rd Class
Rudolph P. Bielka - LCDR
Virgil C. Bigham - Seaman 1st Class
John E. Black - Lieutenant Jg
John T. Blackburn - Fireman 1st Class
Pallas F. Brown - Seaman 2/c
William F. Brunner - Fireman 3/c
Feliciano T. Bugarin - Officer Cook 2/c
George J. Chestnutt Jr. - Seaman 2/c
Lloyd D. Clippard - Seaman 2/c
Joseph U. Conner - Fireman 1/c
John R. Crain - Fireman 1/c
David L. Crossett - Seaman 1/c
Billy R. Davis - Fireman 2/c
Leroy Dennis - Seaman 2/c
Douglas R. Dieckhoff - Signalman 1/c
William H. Dosser - Seaman 2/c
Vernon J. Eidsvig - Seaman 1/c
Melvyn A. Gandre - Quartermaster 1/c
Kenneth M. Gift - Boatswain Mate 2/c
Charles N. Gregoire - Seaman 2/c
Herold A. Harveson - Lieutenant Jg
Clifford D. Hill - Seaman 2/c
Emery Houde - Baker 2/c
David W. Jackson - Ensign
Leroy H. Jones - Seaman 1/c
William A. Jeudes - Ships Cook 2/c
John L. Kaelin - Yeoman 3/c
Eric T. Kampmeyer - Gunners Mate 3/c
Joseph N. Karabon - Fireman 1/c
William H. Kent - Seaman 1/c
George W. LaRue - Gunners Mate 3/c
John G. Little - Lieutenant Jg
Kenneth L. Lynch - Seaman 2/c
William Marshall Jr. - Seaman 2/c
Rudolph Martinez - Electricians Mate 2/c
Charles O. Michael - LCDR
Marvin E. Miller - Seaman 2/c
Donald C. Norman - Seaman 2/c
Orris N. Norman - Fireman 2/c
Edwin N. Odgaard - Electricians Mate 2/c
Elmer K. Parker - Chief Store Keeper
Forrest H. Perry - Ships Cook 3/c
James W. Phillips - Seaman 1/c
Walter H. Ponder - Machinist Mate 1/c
Frank E. Reed - Shipfitter 3/c
Ralph E. Scott - Seaman 1/c
Henson T. Shouse - Fireman 1/c
George R. Smith - Mess Attendant 1/c
Robert D. Smith - Seaman 1/c
Joseph B. Sousley - Seaman 2/c
Gerald V. Strinze - Fireman 3/c
Peter Tomich - Chief Watertender (MOH)
Elmer H. Ulrich - Fireman 3rd Class
Michael W. Villa - Fireman 3rd Class
Vernard O. Wetrich - FC1
Glenn A. White - Fireman 1st Class

USS Utah Crew Killed in Action at Pearl Harbor