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October 15

Honor Mission
Arthur R. Thinnes, KIA
USN – WWII
West Allis, Wisconsin – 10-15-21

ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes, 17, of Milwaukee, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 24, 2021. On Dec. 7, 1941, Thinnes was assigned to the battleship 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 Thinnes. From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries. In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Thinnes. Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis. Thinnes was positively identified and is coming home. Thinnes’ personnel profile can be viewed at  https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeIyEAK.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 10-15-21
Staging Time: 1:00 PM

Schaff Funeral Service
5920 West Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, Wisconsin

Ride Captain:

John Curran  jcurran516@aol.com

Special Instructions:

Staging 1:00 p.m. @ Schaff Funeral Service
Escort to Wood National Cemetery
Alton Ct and West Washington Street
Milwaukee, WI 53295
Graveside Service 2:00 p.m.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: John Curran
Position: Wisconsin State Captain

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